بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
What do we need, you ask?
Why do we need more energy?
Well, because everyone I know complains that they always feel:
We need energy to do all that ibaadah (worship), so how do we get it?
Well, that’s for tomorrow’s post, insha-Allah.
PS. The pictures are, as always, from Google Images, unless explicitly mentioned.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
…YOU need to do in Shabaan in order to have a great Ramadan?
Now, you might say “Oh, there are so many things!”
Well, there might be but what is the most important thing?
For me, I’d say: I need to improve my health and fitness.
Once I do that, I’ll have more energy to do all the ibaadah (worship) that I want to do.
What about you?
Think hard, decide and then make sure you focus on that issue for the next month, insha-Allah.
The reason I said “one” thing is because many people might try to focus on many different things as they only have a month to go, and they might end up going nowhere.
Of course, if you want to focus on more than one thing, that’s fine, but prioritise them so that the most important thing is always done.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the last Prep Tip post, I pointed out that we really have to get fit.
So, how do we go about doing that?
Well, here are some tips:
1) Sunnahcise our health plans.
Yeah. Do it the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did it.
For example, suppose you want to get fit because you want to have more energy to worship Allah. So, your workout now becomes an act of worship (assuming your pure intention is still intact).
Why stop there? Add something from the sunnah into your health plans so that you can please Allah even more.
For example, some of the prophetic foods include dates, black seeds, talbeenah (drink made of barley), honey, etc. Try to incorporate those into your diet.
Why? Well, if it is recommended by the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam), that means that Allah loves that we eat them.
Also, there are certain activities that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) encouraged like archery, horse riding, etc. You can add these to your health routine as well.
In addition to these, there is also the prophetic guide on not sleeping too much nor eating too much.
Did you know that French women don’t go to the gym? Apparently, they get fit just by walking around.
You know, park a bit farther away from the destination so that you can walk more, use the stairs, go to your colleagues to ask them something instead of using the phone or gchat, etc.
To my fellow denizens of the UAE, our dear government has actually set up airconditioned walkways so that we can get fit by using our feet, instead of getting fat by using the car.
Where are the walkways, you ask?
I haven’t a clue. I just happened to read about it in the newspaper one day.
Extra tip: You can also get an pedometer to see how many steps you take per day. When I used to use one, I would make sure to walk some more just so that the number on the screen would increase…
3) Get some fresh air.
This is an issue which really affects those of us here in the UAE as we have the air conditioner switched on all the time.
In the car, in the office, at home, etc. All the time.
When are we going to get the fresh air?
Try to take a walk early in the morning or in the evening or let the windows down whilst driving (in winter, not in summer!*).
[*For those in cold countries, that would be: in summer, not in winter!]
4) Eat properly.
Everyone always said that to me but I never understood what they meant until I started to eat properly.
[It means “Eat healthy food and stop the junk food.]
How do you know that you’re eating properly? Well, perhaps it’s when every Tom, Dick and Harry stops pointing out that you look tired and pale?
5) Have a fixed time for exercise.
Whenever you want, just be sure to do it.
I think that the morning time is the best because 1) you can get it out of the way and 2) you have more energy for the rest of the day.
[Oh and 3) you have another motive to stay up after Fajr.]
I would also have added something like “work on each muscle” but I don’t want anybody to start an exercise that they’ve never done before and then proceed to feel some pain…
Now, after reading all of this, you might be thinking “Hey, I know all of this. This is old news.”
Of course, it is. Now tell me, are you fit?
If not, then what is stopping you from applying this “old news”?
Subhan Allah, there is a big difference between knowing something and then actually getting around do doing it.
We all know this stuff but most of us don’t do these things, and even if we do them, we are not regular.
So, let’s all try to be regular in getting some exercise so that we can be a bit healthier by this Ramadan which means that we will be able to do more ibaadah (worship), insha-Allah.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the last Ramadan 2011 Prep Tip, I mentioned how important fitness was and how unfit the majority of mankind is.
Most of us don’t exercise much.
However, there is one type of exercise that all of us seem to indulge in:
Twiddle, twiddle, twiddle…..
At least the blood circulation in our hands will improve…
[Of course, a certain group of people twiddle their thumbs more than others…]
It’s no wonder that we have no time. We’re too busy twiddling our thumbs…
Fitness plays a HUGE role in the quality of your ibaadah (worship). If you’re healthy, you’ll be able to do much more ibaadah and it’ll be with much more focus (a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, remember?).
So, start walking and stop eating all that junk food!
PS. Question to the sisters: What do you think of starting a private blog (i.e. restricted to members alone) wherein the members keep track of their health, share ideas and encourage each other?
[Here’s Part 1.]
[My apologies to anyone who might have been waiting for Part 2.]
Okay, I know this is quite late but it might be of benefit to someone out there.
In Part 1, I uploaded a health guide which mentioned the common problems that occur to those who are fasting. As I’ve suffered from some of them, I thought I’d share my experiences.
[Note: Please spare me your sympathy.]
Before I list the various problems, let me just point out one thing. No one should say that there is “no permanent cure” for a problem. This is not a statement that should come out of a Muslim’s mouth.
Allah can do ALL things and He has made a cure for every disease.
So, the first thing that we should do is turn to Him and ask Him to cure our bodies. The next thing is to use what the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) has prescribed.
Believe me, I used so many medicines. The three things that actually solved my problems were:
2) Black seed oil
3) Cupping (hijamah)
That’s it. Only the Prophetic remedies worked for me, subhan Allah.
[By the way, we are allowed to use other types of medicines. I’m just saying that they never really worked for me.]
[As I’m short of time, this is a summarised account of my experiences.]
1) Gastritis / Acidity / Heartburn:
My treadmill misses me. Or perhaps I’m the one who misses the treadmill?
Why do I miss my treadmill? Because a Muslim needs to be fit – otherwise, he/she will not be able to all that he/she is required to do (which is basically to worship Allah in the best possible manner). It’s as simple as that.
So, with that in mind, here are some resources for us to improve our health this Ramadan:
Firstly, we need to understand the importance of health and fitness in Islam. So here goes:
1) Here’s an interesting explanation of the hadeeth of the strong believer and the weak believer.
2) Prefer listening? Here’s a very interesting lecture about the place of fitness in Islam:
Fitness in Islam by Yaser Birjas (Download):
3) 5 Health Myths that hold Muslims Back – Nice. And he backed it up with evidence.
The brother had a website but it isn’t up any more. He did produce the following short videos though:
Why are Muslims Fat?