Stay in Shape

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I started reading Sex and the Citadel, and so far the book has not turned me off yet. I actually think certain passages are quite funny! For instance, this passage on copulation made me laugh so much that I was crying. To reiterate, it said that sex is the opposite of sports. While sports is widely talked about and barely practiced, sex is taboo when we know everyone is doing it! It is true if you think about it. We tend to hide from others to misbehave and make new years’ resolution we never get around to. We do it and are ashamed to talk about it freely. Having said that, I am not advertising raunchy behaviors and talks. There is no need for vulgarity when it comes to ”commonly taboo” subjects. Copulation should not be taboo. We should talk about it openly to avoid diseases being spread, cheating, and unhappiness in couples. A couple that copulate regularly is healthier and stats show this. Now let me go back to the main subject of this post, sports.

Sisters, just because we wear a Hijab does not mean we can not stay active and healthy. Walk a few times a day. Get your hubby to walk with you every now and then. I actually practice that. Go to the gym. You can swim, surf, etc. Our Prophet (sallalahu aleihi wassalam) encouraged a lot of sports such as swimming, archery, walking, horse riding, racing, etc. Now, with the rise of Muslim women entrepreneurs, swimsuits and sport apparel for an Islamic audience are no longer an issue. I slack sometimes but I get back on track when there is an incentive at work .

I am only human… Maybe we can come up with our incentives instead of waiting for work-program to push us in the habit. Get with the hubby or friends to come up with cool ideas. For instance, I will suggest to my husband that if I shed a few pounds (Not that I am big anyhow), we can visit a city of his liking. Make it in the way that he gets somethings out of it besides you looking amazing! That way he will encourage you in your journey to stay fit.

According to Sunan Abi Dawud, Ai’sha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “I competed with the Messenger of Allah (in running) and overtook him. Later, when I had put on some weight, I once again competed with him, but this time he overtook me and said: “We’re even now”.

See even the scripture agrees with me! Just make sure that your clothes are not revealing or too tight.

Girls, women, sisters (Muslims or non-Muslims), what are your workout routines?
Anything you practice on a daily basis that is effective that would fit in our daily busy schedules? Please share your thoughts!

Papatia Feauxzar

Papatia Feauxzar

Papatia Feauxzar is a practicing Accountant. She focused on personal finance in graduate school. She has a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA). Around the year, Feauxzar expatiate on personal finance and romance tips here and on her blogs. She is also the Online Editor of Hayati Magazine and the author of the first Ivorian Cookbook in English. Also a poet, you can read three of her pieces in "WOKE & LOUD: A Faith-Based Medley of Muslim Poetry & Spoken Word" published by Inked Resistance. Visit her at or .

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