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Instructor: Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


Course Overview

The Strong Believer is a short course for young Muslims who want Healthy Bodies, Minds, and Souls. This course is aimed at helping Muslims aged 20 years and up who want to live healthy, strong, active, and wholesome lives while not compromising their devotion to their faith.


Our aim is to encourage and guide Muslims with fitness and nutrition advice while simultaneously fulfilling their duties as Muslims. We believe that every facet of our lives is guided by Islam, founded in the Qur’an and exemplified by the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace). We strive to attain the best practices of physical and nutritional well-being. We are motivated by the words of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace) who said that: “The Strong Believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, while there is goodness in them both...” [Muslim]


We will explore practical steps of how to develop and maintain good health practices congruent to Islam. Why is it beneficial? What does it offer? What practical guidance does it offer? This course would serve to; a) encourage and guide Muslims to be healthy and strong (regardless of their current state of health), b) guide health-conscious Muslims to reframe their health journey with an Islamic ethos, and c) mine the Qur'an and Sunna for hidden treasures related to health, nutrition, and fitness.


With the growing global trend towards healthier lifestyles, I have found that there is very little guidance available for Muslims who want to live healthier lives through wholesome nutrition and training, but not compromise the dictums of their faith.


Who Is This Course For?

This course is for people aged 20 years and older. It is particularly beneficial for youth, coaches, teachers, and anyone who cares about their health. It is a General Level course. No prerequisites are required. This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in learning how to have permissible fun in Islam, or anyone who wants to see how relevant Fiqh continues to be.


Study Effort

Pre-requisites: None

Weekly hours recommended: 1 hour

Recommended reading/ Supplementary texts: Al-Tibb Al-Nabawi, Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyya; Healing Body and Soul, Amira Ayad.


Learning Outcomes

• Understand how to navigate their health and fitness journey while being devoted to Islam.

• Understand how important it is to look after one’s health.

• Realize how holistic Islam is, and that it is an actual way of life.

• Learn important details of the health of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)


Course Outline

Lesson 1: The Importance of Health in Islam

Lesson 2: Being Healthy for Allah

Lesson 3: The Importance of Exercise in Islam

Lesson 4: Muslim Gym-Etiquettes.

Lesson 5: Outdoor Exercise Etiquettes for Muslims

Lesson 6: The Importance of Nutrition in Islam

Lesson 7: Prophetic Guidelines on Nutrition – Halal and Tayyib

Lesson 8: Ostentation and Vanity in Your Health Journey

Lesson 9: Rulings on Games

Lesson 10: Your Health is a Trust (Amana)

Lesson 11: Sleep, Relaxation, and Rejuvenation

Lesson 12: Avoiding Fitna in Your Health Journey


About the Instructor

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan. Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.


He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.


Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.

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What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
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