Why is physical fitness a part of Islam?

Why is physical fitness a part of Islam?

In Islam, we have the concept of the soul, also known as the Ruh – the breath of life, which is mentioned in the Quran 21 times. The Ruh is not part of the body, but instead separate and is the immortal part of the human being. Therefore, from this, we can infer that the body is a vehicle given to us by Allah to carry out our purpose in this world – we do not own it. This is very important to conceptualise in order to recognise the significance of physical fitness in Islam.

As the body is given to us by Allah, it is our responsibility to look after, take care and respect it. Through these actions we are actually worshipping the creator. There is no clearer evidence for this than the 5 obligatory prayers required of a Muslim. As well as being a way for us to become closer to Allah and to thank him (a spiritual exercise), the 5 daily prayers also act as a form of physical exercise.

How so?

Namaz has been scientifically proven to improve posture, increase the intake of oxygen enhancing the functioning of the respiratory system, blood flow and finally the endocrine and excretory system. (Source – International Journal of Science Culture and Sport (2016))

However, due to our modern way of living and working, which involves much less physical movement compared to times of antiquity, it is our duty to take part in forms of exercise to maintain and support the health of our bodies. Here, we can take a look at the Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H) for inspiration.

It is reported that the Prophet regularly took part in exercise and sport such as, archery, Horse & Camel riding and running.

This is why the team at Halal Gym is so passionate about physical fitness and nutrition. We believe that we can become better Muslims by focusing on a component of our spiritual practices that we often neglect – exercise and nutrition.

To finish off below are two hadiths from the Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H) which exemplifies the above:

β€œThere are two blessings that many people are deceived into losing: health and free time.” [Bukhari]

β€œThe strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are good.” [Ibn Majah 79]

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