RIYÂZAH - رياضة
Literally: Breaking in. Training. Disciplining. Being broken in. Trained. Disciplined. Especially ascetic discipline. Mortification of the nafs. The mental discipline of the reasoning faculties. To practise ascetic austerities.
Breaking the domination of nafs. Living in contentment through retraction of the nafs from transitory objects. Being occupied with performing ‘ibâdah and ‘ilm by abandoning eating, drinking and other worldly occupations for the tarbiyyah of nafs.