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The Fit Muslim Challenge

As Salaamu Alaikum, Peace be Unto You!

Click here if you would like to register for the challenge.  Registration is free. 

Please Note: Only sisters have registered for the challenge thus far.  The health concerns that are affecting our community do not discriminate according to gender.  If our brothers are to maintain and protect our sisters, we need them to be Fit Muslims as well  (something to consider).  It's not too late to start.  

Allah says, “O you who believe! Do not forbid yourselves the good things which Allah has made lawful for you and do not exceed the limits” (Holy Quran 5:87).

The Islamic lifestyle emphasizes balance. If we eat more than we burn off, we are going to gain weight, putting a strain on our body. Like many in the United States, the Muslim community is suffering ill health largely due to preventable diseases (knee and hip arthritis, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, etc.) caused or made worse by excess weight and lack of physical fitness.  The National Institute of Health suggests we consult the Body Mass Index (BMI) Chart to for guidelines on our most healthy weight. Check out the American Heart Association website: for BMI calculation and various health assessments.

The CHALLENGE to ALL Believers who are overweight or obese is to reduce their weight and waist size by setting reasonable goals which can be achieved within a 4 month period from April 1, 2009  to August 1, 2009.  Our immediate goal is to measurably reduce the rate of obesity, high blood pressure and other obesity-related diseases in the Muslim community by changing our eating habits. It is advisable to get your doctor’s advice prior to starting an exercise program or adopting a new eating plan, inshaAllah.

We suggest that you first make dua, then incorporate the following into your lifestyle and Fit Muslim Challenge:

1. Include more fruits and vegetables. (5-7 servings daily)

2. Include some form of exercise (such as walking) for 30 minutes at least 5 days per week.

3. Monitor your progress

     a. Measure your waist size at start and weekly thereafter.
     b. Weigh yourself weekly at the same time and day once you start the Challenge.

4. Partner with other Believers (at least 2-3).

    a. Encourage each other to stay on the plan.
    b. Share recipes.
    c. Exercise together.

Click here to register for the challenge



And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah's favour on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye may be guided.

Quran: 3:103
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