Biceps, Triceps and Dhikr (some random masair: “You what?!”) Part 1 of 2

March 3, 2009

By Saiful Islam

Go down any ghetto gym in Sparkhill or Alum Rock for example, and ask anyone there what they are working on and they will answer “biceps and triceps inni bro”.  Come on guys, other muscle groups exist as well “inni bro”!  Having recently started back up training I recently noticed something a little more deeper.

You see I have been out of regular, consistent, solid training for approximately 3 years.  Now that’s a seriously long time.  Although what prompted me to get back into training was my coughspluttercoughwifecoughsplutter, I did feel the need to get back into training.  Why? Because I was feeling more fatigued more often, I was finding it difficult to sleep at night and well, I just didn’t feel “right”.

So a month and half down the line, I now feel and understand the repercussions of not training.  During my training I could feel my body struggling, my heart pounding and I was getting those nasty blackouts that nearly knock you out. What a drain!  Now that I’m reconnected with regular training, I feel so much better, so much fresher.

And it is now after reaching this state a striking home-truth hit home.  You see, how many of us actually genuinely do Dhikr to the state where we feel alive?  Spiritually our souls are dead because in reality they do not possess that special connection with Allah Almighty.  A brother once told me that if I was to taste the sweetness of Iman as a result of constant remembrance of Allah, I would come to the conclusion that there is no pleasure more pleasurable then that feeling, and no sensation more sensational then what is experienced.

Remembrance of Allah is like training the physical body.  You stop, and your body will begin to dystrophically regress. Your stamina to endure will decrease. Lack of flexibility training will result in heightened perception of pain.  Similarly, lack of remembrance, lack of Salah, lack of recitation of the Words of Allah will result in a fatigued and empty soul.  Your “stamina” to endure the struggles of life will decrease.  It’s amazing to note the high suicide rates in the materialistic West where money is seen as the gateway to happiness but in reality it is the richest who require counselling because they are searching for contentment but are unable to find it in the clubbing, wining, dining and drugs that they have been pushing; a norm amongst celebrities and their ilk.

An inflexibility to adapt to situations due to the lack of the reliance on Allah and His worship will become apparent and as a result so emotions will increase.  How many times have you see people snapping over little things?  Then you tell the bro, let’s go and pray in the masjid.  Once the said bro has prayed all of sudden they are back to ground zero and cool as a cucumber.  The parallel between the physical condition and the spiritual is frankly quite amazing.

The Prophet of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wassalam in fact mentions this in a beautiful Hadith, “Verily, there is in the body a small piece of flesh; if it is good, the whole body is good and if it is corrupted the whole body is corrupted; lo! It is the heart.”



  1. Very nice article.. I love the way it relates to young people, and how the deliverance is subtle, without sacrificing assurance!

    In anticipation of the second instalment!

  2. Salaams

    looks like you were forced to train by the misses…but you’l rightfully tell me that keeping her happy is also within the deen!

    how beautiful is this deen that all things done within sharia have a reward!

    • Walaykum salam…

      True, its sad bros want the fittest wife possible but are fat messes themselves… The Ulama state that looking good for the missus (and that doesnt mean shaving the beard off and wearing tank tops for other women to gawp at thank you very much!), every bit of time spent for the wife is Ibadah! SubhanAllah, I must concur, what a beautiful Deen al-Islam is!

  3. Asalaam Alaikum Waramatullahi Wabarakatuh..
    Inshallah your well..

    Jazakallah Khayr for sharing..

    Subhanallah the article follows a very similar style of writing as mine..and it’s inspired me to get a move on with my Book:

    “Perfection Through My Life into Youth!”

    Request for Duas and spot on with the Spiritual/Physical condition.. and *Snap* why?
    Cause I’ve been thinking about those 2 recently subhanallah and can relate to the article… :))

    For publishing my writing, can I send you an article?

    Jazakallah Khayr for reading..

    Your brother Aaqib

    • Sure bro, why not? email it over at info@issmstudents.org.uk

      and Insha’Allah the editor will check it and post it.


      Saiful Islam

  4. Jazakallahu Khairan for this – it is true. Just as we can train our physical entities, we have the ability to train our spiritual entities. However an important distinction is that generally we’re permitted to take many unrestricted paths to physical perfection but in spiritual perfection Islam has laid its boundaries. For that reason the training of a spiritually charged Hindu who flies and what not is impermissible – rather we should make recourse to the spiritual trainings given to us by the Prophet (SAW).

    Finally as a note of interest, just as we have chains going back in spiritual training up to the first generation, there also exists varying fighting styles which have preserved in some Madaaris like the styles of ‘Ali (RA) and other Sahabah!!

    All praise be to Allah Who has and is continuing to protect His Deen. May he make us amongst his tools to serve as protectors of this Deen! Ameen.

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