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  1. This is an awesome article. Muslim women really need to read this and understand the importance of physical self care. Thank you for your honest and insightful article. May Allah (swt) bless you and your family.

  2. As women we are often so busy taking care of our husbands, children, family, friends and even co-workers that all too often we forget about ourselves! This was an important reminder to me to carve out “me” time. Thanks!

    • Ayesha,

      I think a lot of times women can feel guilty for doing something solely for themselves because we are constantly in the position of caregiver…but this me time can make us better wives and mothers :) Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  3. Alhamdulillah, such a good article. It can be very hard for reverts to know where to start! There is so much to think about when we start to wear a scarf. It can be very also be very enabling and gives us a big boost of self esteem. Barak Allahu feeki.

    • Sakinah,

      It is so true that wearing hijab is a lifestyle and it does not come with a how-to guide! :) It is unfortunate that so many things are left unsaid about us covering! :) Jazak’Allah khair for reading and commenting!

  4. AsalamualAkum l am very happy to read your email on such a good topics .the topic was on hijab , I do follow hijab but was not so concerned about myself, inshala I ll work to change my this attitude
    jazzakhallah hu khair,

    please continue your good work .

  5. JazakAllah, a great read and reminder to look after ourselves. As you rightly mention, it’s very easy to to go for those comfy pyjamas again and again.

  6. Another angle to this is that Muslim husbands need to reinforce the ideas expressed in this article. Most Muslim women function within their families and need the support of their spouses to make a significant change in their health. This translates into offering to watch the kids, helping out with household chores to help her free up time and of course lots of emotional support!

    • Sarah,

      Jazak’Allah khair for making such an important point. In order for us to take the time needed to care for ourselves support has to come from our loved ones. As you stated, the balance of household duties or childcare responsibilities must be split in order to ensure that both parties have some personal time to focus on being productive Muslims :)

  7. Salaam, Sister. This is a very superficial article and poorly researched on. This is the more reason we husbands must acquire knowledge to assist our families. What is done in this article is to discuss some few physical exercise gleefully, EVEN THE QUATATIONS FROM THE GLORIOUS QUR’AAN were poorly juxtaposed for relevance and yet it is tittled “ULTIMATE…..”.Please whoever wants to assist us, the Muslim ummah, from amongst us should know we learned and knowledgeable people, AlhamduliLLAH, and should strive to write quality articles for international audience. Don’t waste our time, please. May ALLAH SubhaanaHU wa Ta’aalaa continue to guide us and improve us. May the best of ALLAH’S salutations, blessings and peace be with HIS MESSENGER, MUHAMMADURRASUULULLAH

    • I think it’s a well written article that encourages the Muslim woman to maintain a balance in life, adapt a healthy lifestyle and in cooperate good routines into our lives. And the response you are writing is harsh. Kindness is a character that is encouraged in this religion .

    • I read this article to share with my spouses as well as being generally informed. However, i see a pattern with the venerable ‘doctor’ as this is not the first time he is trashing articles. If he intends to correct then let it be done constructively. At the risk of being accused of curtailing freedom of speech, i am even inclined to ask the Productive Muslim in future to moderate such responses. It does not add value to the discussion as the delivery of a message is as important as the content. Wabillahi Tawfiq

  8. Assalamu alikum sister , nice article mashallah, the message in the article is very true that muslim womens along with the hijab should also concentrate on their health and physical fitness, thank u so much for useful tips then only a women can gain goals in deen and her families.

  9. I think a main point missed out was being able to aim your sexuality and attractiveness towards your husband. Unfortunately, the most attractive women, who might have spent hours getting ready in order to get recognition and attention from society, once married, neglect their appearance (especially if ‘religious’. A woman to get ‘ready’ for her husband is an act which brings with it much reward. We are not asked to ignore our desires in Islam, but to redirect them in a halal manner and outlet, alongside having a limit on everything. For the limitless place of desires is saved for the believers – Jannah inshallah. May Allah help us to look good for ourselves, and our spouses, and get the reward of Paradise in doing so. Ameen.

    • Assalamu alaikum, editor for Productive Muslimah here! You make a very valid point sister! Sisters should aim to reverse the hijabi neglect in an effort to please our husbands and, in this way, Allah (swt).

      JazakiAllah khair for your comments!

  10. LOVE the articles!! This has got to be one of my favourites. I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t get these emails every so often. May Allah reward you all massively. jazakumAllahu khairan

  11. Asslkm Masha Allah Well written! Investing in ourselves in a halal manner wl make us more capable. In hijab we can still pursue our interests n desires in a righteous way. May Allah swt bless u n reward u

  12. SubhanAllah… A neglected side of our lives. People forget that exercise is not just to maintain our body but also to FEEL GOOD. And of course think how our partners will appreciate our efforts. And we will feel good about ouourselve because of a good body. :) nice article.

  13. Asalaamu Alaikum Salaam, thanks so much for this article. It’s so needed, I run into so many sisters who are struggling with obesity and associated hypertension and diabetes. It’s scary because some think it’s the norm and feel like working out is haraam. The more we communicate permissible and halal ways to ‘preserve the sexy’ the better our self-esteem will be.

  14. Salam alaykum, as a revert, hijabi and physically active sister, let me say how good it is to see more sisters (outside of Malaysia and Singapore) taking an honest interest in their health and fitness….FINALLY. I am really so discouraged by people, especialy women, who use hijab as an excuse why they can’t/won’t get fit or worse why I shouldn’t. Our bodies and our health is an amaanah, and I’m so glad that the word is spreading. There is no reason why diabetes and heart disease (among other lifestyle illnesses) should be so common amongst the muslims. It shows that we are ignorant of the sunnah.