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March 27, 2011

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Ramadan 2011 Prep Tip #2: Get into shape…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

“Get into shape?”

Yes.

“That’s how you want us to prepare for Ramadan? By getting into shape?”

Yep.

“What about prayer, fasting, charity, etc????”

Okay, let me give you a little rundown of our lives:

1) We crawl out of bed for Fajr because we’re so tired.

2) After Fajr, we get back into our nice cozy beds (assuming that we don’t have any work right away. If we do, skip to point 4).

3) We crawl out of bed when we need to get up again.

4) We revive ourselves with tea or coffee.

5) We sleepwalk through the day (aided by the tea and coffee, of course).

6) We come back home and crash into our beds because we’re so tired.

Sound familiar?

We’re all so tired. We have pain here and pain there. We need to keep chugging down that tea or coffee to keep us going throughout the day, otherwise many of us won’t be able to get any work done.

Why? Because most of us are seriously out of shape. We don’t have any sort of exercise routine and our eating habits are nothing to write home about.

Let me put this very tactfully:

The human race is slowly turning into a bunch of unfit fatsos roaming the Planet Earth.

[Okay, tact is not a strength of mine.]

How do we expect to do all that ibaadah (worship) in Ramadan when we don’t have any energy? Oh and keep in mind that we’re going to be fasting for the first half of the day!

There was an article I read recently where someone asked Richard Branson (one of those rich tycoons) how one can manage to get everything done in a day. His reply?

“Work out more.”

Think about it. He has a point.

All the Prophets (alaihissalam) and their Companions (radiallahu anhum) were extremely fit people.

Let me give you a simple example. Haajar (radiallahu anha) managed to run seven times from Safa to Marwa and back in the searing heat, and that too whilst being worried about her child.

I remember walking from Safa to Marwa and back seven times for Hajj. It was in an air conditioned place and the mountains were levelled off.

I was so exhausted.

From what I’ve heard, I wasn’t the only one. Most people get exhausted with all the walking that is done in Hajj.

Why? Because we are unfit!

So, what do we need to do? We need to get into shape before Ramadan rolls around.

Insha-Allah, that will help us with both with our prayers (especially Taraweeh and Qiyam Al-Layl) and fasting during Ramadan.

For me personally, the best time of my life (i.e. when my ibaadah was at an all-time high) was when I was at my fittest level, so I’ve seen the positive effect good health can have on one’s level of imaan.

What can we do to get fit? That’s for the next part, insha-Allah…

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Umar Farooq
    Mar 29 2011

    I dont think we need words of wisdom from the Kuffaar, whether dead, or alive, when they themselves are the most afflicted creatures in the world, and the refuge of Allaah is sought. wallaahu ‘alam.

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    • Umm Muawiyah
      Mar 30 2011

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      Well, yes, I agree. I said the same thing in an earlier post:
      https://thegreatestmonth.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/he-was-right/

      However, I posted that quote for two reasons:

      1) It agrees with the shariah. We have been commanded to take care of our bodies.

      2) I wanted us to dwell over the fact that the kuffar, despite their condition, make sense. All of us complain of being too tired. Well, why is it that this kaafir figured out the solution but many of us didn’t?

      That’s what I wanted us to dwell over. You’re right, we don’t need words of wisdom from the kuffar and that was one of the points of this post. We don’t need people like Richard Branson to say that. We should be saying it.

      Just a note: From what I’ve read, we can take the truth from whoever says it e.g. when Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu) learnt about reading Ayatul Kursi from Shaytan.

      Allahu Alam.

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