بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“Get into shape?”
“That’s how you want us to prepare for Ramadan? By getting into shape?”
“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.
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…
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?
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?