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Fitness – Why be healthy?

Fitness – Why be healthy?

By Dr. Abdul-Wahab Khan and Dr. M. Nazir Khan In today’s busy and hectic world, many of us are faced with constant hurdles in our journey towards maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Many of us are confused on the subject of health and fitness, and have passed the years listening to conflicting advice and opinions. As a result, we are unsure of where to start, how to stay motivated, and why we aren’t reaching our goals. In this short piece, we will cover the benefits of exercise from an Islamic and physiologic perspective, ways to stay motivated, plan towards achieving realistic goals, and plan an exercise program that you can follow. Fitness has become one of the hottest topics in society. Whether you’re seeing a commercial about a new exercise app or gadget, or listening to a friend talk about their new work-out routine, it seems everywhere you turn there is talk about getting into shape. But why be fit? Making lifestyle changes can be hard and require a lot of effort. If we’re going to succeed in making lifestyle changes, we need to make sure we are doing it for the right reasons. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “Actions depend on one’s intentions. A person will only achieve what they intended” (Sahih Bukhari). Starting out with the right intention is absolutely key to the lifelong journey of health and fitness. Without recognizing the Islamic and physiological benefits of exercise, you are far less likely to value your health and be firm in your commitment. The spiritual importance of physical fitness The human being has been placed...

Advance Care Planning

Advances in modern medicine with life-support equipment have created new ethical challenges. In which cases would “doing everything possible” help a patient recover, and in which cases would it simply prolong one’s suffering, or possibly worsen it? With a vast range of treatment options available, it has become clear that a patient’s wishes must be considered, which includes respecting a patient’s value system and beliefs. An ‘Advance care plan’ is a plan made beforehand that informs doctors of a patient’s treatment preferences, in case they are too sick to communicate them at the time.1For helpful resources, one may visit http://www.advancecareplanning.ca/  What does Islam say about life and death? Islam teaches that life has a purpose – to come closer to the One God by worshipping Him alone, doing good deeds and taking care of God’s creation.2Qur’an 51:56, 90:12-17  The life of this world is a test and suffering is in reality an opportunity for moral and spiritual growth.3Qur’an 2:155-6  Death is not the end of one’s existence, but rather the inevitable return to the Almighty Creator.4Qur’an 29:57  Remembering one’s death enables reflection on what’s really important in life.5Qur’an 67:2   In the last moments of life, Muslims recite the testimony of faith,6Authentically reported in Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith 3116 and look forward to meeting God.7Authentically reported in Sahih Muslim, Hadith 2684    What Islamic values guide choices about treatment? Islam encourages medical therapy to cure disease and alleviate suffering. Saving a single life is as blessed as saving all humanity, as the Qur’an states.8Qur’an 5:32  The Prophet Muhammad (P) said, “Seek medical treatment, for verily God has not made any...