Daniel Haqiqatjou is back with his first live stream in over a month. While we thought this might’ve been a Ramadan break, it turns out he was dealing with some health problems.
“Alhamdulillah, nothing serious but just debilitating. I couldn’t sit and I also couldn’t walk or stand. The doctors diagnosed it as piriformis syndrome.”
There’s a muscle called the piriformis that runs from your lower spine through your butt to the top of your thighs. It performs a function in every movement of your lower body.
According to Haqiqatjou’s doctors, his piriformis was either tight or inflamed and that was pressing against his sciatic nerve, causing him a great deal of pain.
“Some people can manage the pain with meds but for me, it was severe. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t walk. But Alhamdulillah… now I’m on the road to recovery.”
May Allah grant Daniel good health and well-being, amin 🤲
But This Should Never Have Happened
While there are a number of causes for piriformis syndrome and sciatica, we can make educated guesses as to why Haqiqatjou developed this health issue. Daniel is overweight, lives a sedentary lifestyle and spends way too much time sitting.
As his brothers in Islam and his fans, it’s obligatory on us to fat-shame him into getting jacked and tan.
Daniel, please take your health seriously. We want you to annihilate the disbelievers and herectics with the light of Truth for 100 more years, inshallah. Beyond this, you owe it to your children, grand children and great grand children to be strong and fit.
The Hypothetical Shirtless Selfie Test
Sholars and preachers have a duty to embody the ideals of Islam. Not just in their knowledge and character, but in their appearance. They ought to look like they know and practice the religion. Ask yourself, do obese scholars or preachers embody the ideals of Islam?
If your sheikh can't hypothetically post a shirtless selfie without being laughed at, find a new sheikh.
Male leaders should be aspirational. https://t.co/6Bb9PgEvCE
— Nabeel Azeez (@NabeelAzeezDXB) August 28, 2022
Many Muslims would get triggered by the mere suggestion that our religious leaders ought to look good naked. But the truth is that male leaders should be aspirational. Is it any wonder that Muslim men are more inspired by Khabib Nurmogamedov and Andrew Tate than they are a pudgy imam or alim, no matter how religious or knowledgable?
Muslims of the past understood this. The expectation that an imam be handsome implies that he be fit and not overweight.
Health Recommendations for Religious Leaders
These recommendations apply to Muslim men in general but even more so to Muslim religious leaders and public figures. You need to build muscle, lose fat, do cardio and boost your testosterone.
- Get comprehensive bloodwork done twice a year
- Work with an experienced hormone optimization doctor
- Get on testosterone replacement therapy if necessary
- Get your body fat under 15% through diet
- Do 2-4 days of Zone Two training every week
- Walk 10,000 steps every day
- Lift weights 3 times a week
None of these recommendations are extreme and implementing them would get our religious leaders to a baseline standard of good health. Imagine an AMJA conference where all the attendees are BJJ blackbelts with 1,000 ng/dL test levels and 90th percentile V02 Maxes.
Wouldn’t that be a sight to behold?