Islam is not just a religion for more than 1.8 billion, 24.1% of the world’s population for Muslim people! It is a complete way of living a successful life that has been taught by the last Messenger and the Prophet of Islam Muhammad (PBUH).
In today’s blog bare with me as I highlight to you the importance of doing sports upon the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through Sunnah Sports. The meanings of the word ‘sunnah’ in an Islamic perspective is that it is a way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of Muhammad (PBUH) and interpretations of the Quran. Many Muslims around the world take upon teachings from the Sunnah from it’s original root with the aims of a smooth, serene and direct following of straight practices of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
I have asked myself many questions around sports to get a better understanding of why people play it. How was sports played many years ago? What was the world’s first sport? (Wrestling was the world’s first sports, it’s amazing what you can learn new everyday.) – I also asked myself, what is the importance of sports in our lives? Finally, what are the benefits of playing a sports?
The questions are endless… In my search for answers, I began to educate myself on varies of sports, the rules, the sports popularity in different countries, who plays and why. Many people around the world play sports for many reason. Sports plays an important role in improving our physical and mental health. My beautiful religion of Islam requires us to protect our body and to keep well. It is told to us to keep healthy by staying active, our body is an Amanah (trust) from Allah.
I looked into important teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with the most encouraged sports. Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) said; “Teach your children swimming, archery and horse riding.” – I looked more into these top three Sunnah Sports, swimming, archery and horse riding to get a better understanding on why they are mentioned. I hope you could do the same and learn more about these three amazing sports!
There are numerous Hadith* in the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) in which he recommended certain martial arts. He asked Muslims to maintain health and prepare for many situations in their lives. *Hadith meaning: The collective body of traditions relating to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions.
Our body has a haq (rights) over us, please treat it accordingly. When looking into healthy lifestyle and well-being we often get a lot of things around ‘healthy body and healthy mind’ or other sayings that go just like it. I am a firm believer of a strong body being more capable of performing the obligations of life and from a religion point of view… Islam provides a holistic approach to our lives.
Our greatest leader and Prophet (PBUH) urged us to be active. Additionally, he advised us to teach our children and loved ones how to be active and to combine our worship to Allah with activities that will benefit our health and well-being. Without a doubt this is a defining characteristic of a Muslim being loving their body and health by following the Sunnah.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Teach your children swimming, archery and horse riding.” – I personally take part in swimming and horse riding but after learning archery is apart of Sunnah Sports practiced by our greatest leader. I will be taking on archery/shooting practice. Stay tuned I write about my experience and I’ll share my thoughts on archery.
A great organisation and charity I have come across that aspires and creates space for people from different backgrounds and abilities to come together through sports is Sunnah Sports Academy Trust – Please visit their website; www.sunnahsportsacademytrust.com for more details on their activities.
On any details regarding Sunnah Sports, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I would be happy to give you further information or I could link you with amazing organisations that are doing incredible work to facilitate these Sunnah Sports!