When it all began years ago, it was purely a physical ting. A mental vision to achieve my idea of contentment and personal satisfaction. In retrospect even that may be too complicated of a description .. However as the years have passed, I've grown, reflected, and learned that the simple act of pushing my body to its capacities has become a means of spiritual elevation. Let me briefly. You open the #Quran
and God says,
لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ فِي أَحْسَنِ تَقْوِيمٍ
"We have certainly created man in the best of stature." [95:4]
To me that is a assurance from God of a gift. That we were not created to just be ordinary. To not simply exist and return to him. Rather he has fashioned us in the best possible way amongst all other creations. To be more. To be great. For me, knowing and reflecting on this allows me to not just "workout". But train my body to the standards of what #Allah
has told me that He has given me. So I strive even harder towards the goal. Whatever it may be. In return, the health and endless faculties of life that we're given.. should elevate us mentally, physically, spiritually and in every other avenue of life to aspire to be great or in other words 'the best'. A reassurance by God that we are created in the best possible manner.. so shouldnt we strive to do the best that we can in everything. After all, isnt that what Ihsan really is?
The presence of God is everywhere and in everything, just stop to reflect and you'll find Him.