There is this statement:
Hind Ibn Abi Haalah, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had a broad and flat belly and chest and he had broad shoulders.”
I was wondering whether females should also have a flat stomach, aren’t females also supposed to follow the Prophet?
And if females want to have flat stomachs by exercising, Is it recommended in Islam?
Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Allah (exalted is He) says in the Quran what means “Very truly, in the Messenger of Allah there is an excellent model for you.” (Al-Ahzab 33:21)
This Quranic verse clearly enjoins Muslims to follow the example of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him); that is, his words and deeds that guide humanity to their welfare and wellbeing both in this world and in the Hereafter.
Prophet’s physical traits, hence, are not models to follow. Out of their love for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), his noble Companions conveyed his physical descriptions to the next generations to help them have a close mental image to their beloved Prophet.
Islam, however, commends its followers to lead a healthy life and have strong bodies. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “A strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than a weak one; though both have goodness in them.” [Muslim]
Sports and exercises are permissible for Muslims, including Muslim women, as long as they are practiced within shari`ah limits and regulations. Generally speaking, such regulations include,
- No gambling shall be involved.
- No music shall be played.
- No religious duties shall be neglected.
- No animosity shall be incurred.
- None of shari`ah prohibitions shall be violated.
For Muslim women, in particular, they have to wear decent and proper Islamic dresses and be in a place where no man can watch them.
Allah Almighty knows best.
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