Having just shared our review of fit4Ramadan with Advice to Moderate Your Eating and Exercising Habits, we are happy to share with you this interesting interview with the author, brother Imran Ilahi. My girls and I learned a such much from brother Imran mashaAllah, and I hope you do as well, inshaAllah.
[American Muslim Mom]Please share with us the mission of fit4Ramadan, and how did you come up with the idea.
[fit4Ramadan] My mission for fit 4 Ramadan is to help Muslims stay fit in Ramadan to Fast, Pray, Work, and Study whilst having the blessing of Allah.
How did I come up with the idea?
It started in 2002, when I was working for a large corporate Gym. I was always approached by friends, family and gym goers on how to combine exercise and healthy eating in Ramadan. As a professional Personal Trainer, I knew that I had to find a way to stay lean, energetic and avoid the fat and weight gain that comes from over-eating in Ramadan.
So I came up with Fit4ramadan based on Muslims frustrations during Ramadan. The number 1 question I always get is how can I eat right and exercise in Ramadan?
[American Muslim Mom] Is it just this 1 ebook or is this just the beginning of resources to come? Who is your ideal customer? Target age? Men and women? Moms? Youngest age?
[fit4Ramadan] Is it just this 1 ebook or is this just the beginning of resources to come?
This is the first of a series of resources dedicated to the health and fitness of Muslims.
Who is your ideal customer?
Fit4Ramadan Program, which is designed specifically to help busy Muslim men and women, students, business owners, parents with young children, to get the most effective results in the least amount of time in Ramadan.
[American Muslim Mom] Do you have any Mom-specific recommendations how to best utilize your ebook as a health and fitness guide? What about if kids want to try your program? Do you have age-adjustment advice to share?
[fit4Ramadan] The best advice I could give to moms in this busy time of the year. Is to plan!
- Plan what days you will exercise
- Plan what you and your family will have at suhoor and Iftar and any snacks in between, cook in bulk if you have to
- Plan your grocery shopping days in advance, stock up when you are low.
- Try to do your most energetic task earlier in the day as your energy levels will be higher
- Just take one day at a time don’t get overwhelmed, just make small changes every day, which will get you closer to your goals.
What about if kids want to try your program? Do you have age-adjustment advice to share?
If kids want to try the program they have to be supervised by an adult. Just keep the weights light.
[American Muslim Mom] In all honesty, as my girls and I previewed your ebook, they all started giggling at your detailed pictures of a Muslim bearded man wearing a kufi and Islamically-appropriate length shorts, demonstrating each workout position. “It’s definitely Islamic–a fitness book just for Muslims!” our eldest exclaimed. This is a compliment, mashaAllah, that you can make a Muslim-specific ebook from a Muslim’s perspective–“not many are able to do that” she shared. Do you anything to share about these pictures?
[fit4Ramadan] I wanted to make sure that there where pictures in the program, start and at the end of each movement. Just to make it easier for the reader. The Brother Ahmed who is studying sports science at university kindly agreed on performing the exercises. The reason I decided I wanted Ahmed was because of his background in exercise and I wanted to make sure I could direct him to the correct positions to take the pictures.
The science behind the training protocols where based on movements that we have to do every day in Ramadan. Such as prayer, shopping, cooking, and working.
[American Muslim Mom] What are fit4ramadan’s short and long-term goals?
[fit4Ramadan] Short term goal – is to improve the health and wellbeing of Muslims in Ramadan by teaching them the correct way to integrate manageable fitness methods into their Ramadan plan and daily lives.
Long term goals – “to help 1 million Muslims around the world to get into the best shape of their lives to perform their daily activities such as prayer, work, study and pilgrimage duties”
[American Muslim Mom] Any closing remarks?
[fit4Ramadan] I dismiss the long-held opinion that no one can exercise during Ramadan be cause of fatigue. I believe that exercising during non-fasting hours is possible and actually induces more energy for worship.
One of the most important things during Ramadan is because you have such a long gap, if we eat and exercise well, this will give us more energy to pray, work, study and play with the kids.
MashaAllah, we cannot agree more with bother Imran. While we haven’t tried pre-suhoor workouts, we definitely learned more tips to eating and exercising better with his helpful tips.
Have a specific question for brother Imran? Did you learn anything new? Eager to try out his tips? Please kindly share your thoughts below.