WHQ 10KG Challenge – Warrior No. 1: Zaf Abbas

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WHQ 10 KG Challenge

The Great WHQ 10kg Challenge!

Haritha b. Wahb reported that he heard Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: May I not inform you about the inmates of Paradise? They said: Do this, of course. Thereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: Every humble person who is considered to be humble if he were to adjure In the name of Allah, He would fulfil it. He then said: May I not inform you about the denizens of hell-Fire? They said: Yes. And he said: Every haughty, fat and proud (person). (Sahih Muslim Book 040, Hadith Number 6833.)
Ouch! That really stung when I read that. Originally I wanted to lose weight because I had just wanted to feel better and to have more energy and credibility. But since I came across this hadith, this is now my main reason for losing weight and attempting the 10 kg in 2 months challenge together with Lina and Kahar. The stakes are indeed enormous, much more than just a temporary victory of a challenge in this world. I do intend this challenge to be just the start of a lifestyle change that will continue on, insya’Allah (God willing).


My name is Zaf. I’m in my mid 40s. I have a BMI of 32.2, and am medically considered to be obese. At my peak, I had a body weight of 116.5 kg’s and I referred to myself jokingly, “I’m heavier than Mike Tyson, therefore I am the heavyweight champion of the world!” At the time of writing, my weight is at 110.3 kg, as a result of fasting during the Muslim months of Ramadhan and Syawal, as well as trying out a diet strategy of eating only low glycemic index food.
I work mainly as a consultant with some accounting on the side. So I sit at my computer most of a day, and my daily exercise would consist of typing, pushing a mouse, and lifting various liquids and food to my mouth. I am married with a lovely wife and two teenage children and they do keep me busy, but not busy enough, it seems.

I do enjoy Wing Chun, a form of Kung Fu, but have not practised for a few years now, due to time constraints and now injuries (probably as a result of NOT practising Kung Fu!). I love it because there’s no acrobatics or high kicks, and yet enables an unfit me to defend myself effectively if the situation arose.

I hope to take it up again when I lose weight, as I expect to have more energy to do Wing Chun in addition to attending all the other matters that make life matter. I would also love to go hiking and jungle trekking, having done a little last year and enjoying it tremendously.

Well, here goes, and wish me luck!

29 August 2013
 Disclaimer: Please do not attempt any of our challenges and follow through our “diets” or exercises without consulting your own physician or doctor. Do not try this at home or anywhere else. We are responsible for our own actions and hope you do, too. Our intentions are to encourage the world to be responsible in their own health and being by choosing to be healthier and fit. If we can do it, so can you!

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