I don’t know why I just made 4 random reasons to workout, tagged them, then hid each of them. Perhaps for the suspense…
But any way. Go work out. It’s healthy, it’s attractive, it’s sunnah.
DID YOU KNOW rasulAllaah, salaAllaahu a’alayhi wasalam had a six pack? Just sayin’.
Also, it’s so much fun outdoing your husband in wrestling and boxing and push ups. A man loves to get beat up by his wife once in a while. It’s attractive, it’s stimulating, and it’s an insane confidence booster for us women.
The prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, never forbade a person from practicing cultural norms, as he understood that cultures and times will change and customs and practices will vary.
Allah, all praise be to Him, created the religion in a way that a person would not have to compromise the religion for anything, nor would it be a burden for a person. He chose to be explicit about certain things - with no leniencies - and He left some things slightly open-ended, understanding that times and cultures change and there is nothing wrong with a few differences, as long as certain things are not at all compromised. Polytheism, alcohol consumption and the like are outright forbidden. But taking part in sports, boundaries of hijab, intergender interactions etc haven’t been explained explicitly in His book. There is wisdom in that.
It’s important to remember that we cannot be completely different from the non-believers or transgessors. They meet with their families, they prepare dinner for one another, they play games, they obtain an education, they drive a car etc. It was never commanded to abandon all things that the non-believers practice. It is commanded to abandon all things that take us away from the religion of Islam, be that in disobedience to the Lord, mocking of the religion, or practicing customs of another religion.
The Jewish and the Christain worship God, as do we. We cannot stop worshipping God because another religion claims to do the same - but we must not do so the way they do; we cannot celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas.
But does this mean we must never eat a ginger cookie in December because it’s associated with the season of Christmas? Does it mean we can’t enjoy a family meal during Hanukkah? The ginger cookie isn’t a religious practice, and a family should eat together every night. If a family chooses to not eat together on “Christmas eve,” then they are observing the holiday by trying to ignore it, rather than treating it as any other day of the year.
If you happen to praise God, or thank God for the home and food he’s given you on the day of Thanksgiving, is that actually going against the qur’an and sunnah, considering we should be thankful every day? If you go shopping in December because discounts are ridiculous, does that mean you’re supporting christmas?
We need to use our logical understanding. There is no benefit to ‘ilm without ‘aqal (there is not benefit in knowledge without understanding). Think deeply what Allah, praise be to Him, really wanted us to establish in our life. What does He hope we achieve? Consider what you may be doing that you think is for His sake, but actually goes against the qur’an and sunnah. We are all guilty of this at some point in our life for at least some thing.
May He guide us, grant us ‘ilm and ‘aqal, and forgive us. Ameen.