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  • Part 2: How Answering the ‘5-Whys’ Made my Weight-loss a Spiritual Journey!

    In part 1, I discussed how important the purpose of our goal is. In this part, you will discover how these ‘5-Whys’ will help you to find your purpose behind your goal, insha Allah.

    Case study

    Let me show you how this ‘5-Why’ strategy has helped me to find the real purpose behind my weight-loss and how it has helped me to lose weight efficiently, while becoming a better person.

    This strategy asks 5 repetitive ‘whys’ in a question and answer method.

    1. The first question I asked myself was:
      Why do I want to lose weight and become lean and healthy?
      My answer was: “Because I want to look good, be strong and keep healthy!”On the basis of your answer, you create the second question. My second question was this:
    1. Why do I want to look good, be strong and keep healthy? (Keep the format of the question consistent)
      Because when I look good and am strong and healthy, I am more confident about myself.
    1. Why do I need to feel confident about myself?
      Because when I am confident, I can empower others!
    1. Why do I want to empower others?
      Because empowering others is one of my ultimate purposes in life.
    1. Why is empowering others one of my ultimate purposes in life?
      Because empowering others enables me to leave an ever-lasting legacy.

    Losing weight and getting lean and healthy was important for me to have more confidence in my life, which helps me to empower others. And, it’s very true that empowering others is one of the most important purposes of my life. I believe this is the way towards leaving an ever-lasting legacy for the sake of Allah subuhanawuta’ala.

    So knowing that my weight-loss had such a profound purpose, I took it very seriously and the process of getting lean and healthy was relatively easy for me, Alhamdulillah.

    I’ve started eating healthier and have been regular with my exercise.

    Amongst tons of other amazing outcomes, these are some of the important ones from my healthy eating and regular exercise:

    • I’ve been super productive since my brain gets all the nutrients it needs
    • Losing weight and getting lean and healthy was a 20-year struggle. Achieving that gives me so much of confidence, Alhamdulillah.
    • I can wake up in the morning easily
    • I always feel energised and I can mostly control my emotions better.
    • I thank Allah more often for what He has bestowed upon my family and me.

    Finding out my real purpose behind losing weight was a significant moment for me to be continuously motivated in that journey.

    Now it’s your turn. Give some serious thought about the real purpose of your goals and be honest to yourself. This could be one of your very few “aha” moments in your life… mark my words!

  • How Answering the ‘5-Whys’ Made my Weight-loss a Spiritual Journey!

    A couple of years back I was weighing around 85 kg and felt quite uncomfortable with my body. I felt lethargic all the time, waking up, in particular, was horrendously difficult. If it were not for Fajr, I would have slept throughout the morning. The word Qiyamulllail was familiar to me only during Ramadan.

    The time after work and before bed was the most difficult.I was at home, but not necessarily productive and was too tired to do anything!

    Fast forwarding to now, I have lost more than 15 kg (around 30 pounds) and I am being super productive, Alhamdulillah. Now I am a better slave of Ar-Rahman, better father and a very loving husband. My spirituality has improved a lot, my anger has subsided and what I have achieved in the last three years is more than what I have achieved in the last decade combined. Alhamdulillah.

    It all started when I stumbled upon the ‘5-Why’ strategy of the Toyota Company. Yes, I am talking about the giant car company. You may wonder how a strategy of a car company helped my weight-loss to be a spiritual journey. Bear with me for a second…

    This strategy is usually used to find out the real reason of why you do, what you do. In other words, it helps you to find out the real purpose behind your actions.

    You could almost say that the ‘why’ of something is more important than the ‘how’, agreed? I mean there are thousands of possibilities to lose weight but none of them will bring you real, long-term results if the ‘why’ behind weight-loss is not clear.

    That’s why your purpose behind your goal is more important than the goal itself. If the purpose or intention is the vehicle that helps you reach your goal, then your burning desire is the fuel for that vehicle. And when the purpose is real, you’ll eventually have the burning desire, which ultimately helps you to achieve your goal with the thawfeeq of Allah subuhanawuta’ala!

    In the following hadith, Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) clearly states the importance of intention;

    “Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended. Whoever migrates with an intention for Allah and His messenger, the migration will be for the sake of Allah and His Messenger. And whoever migrates for worldly gain or to marry a woman, then his migration will be for the sake of whatever he migrated for.” Related by Bukhari & Muslim

    And he (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said; Everyone will get what was intended”. The person’s hijra for the sake of marriage may not be rewarded in the Aakhira, but he does reach his goal in this world due to his strong intention.

    Insha Allah, in part 2 I’ll discuss what these ‘5-Whys’ are.