:Sports in the context of Islam.

:Sports in the context of Islam.
By Dr Sirajuddin Md Alamgir, Executive Member, Bangladesh Olympic Association.

ctgtribune :Anything that is harmful to a person’s physical, mental, or spiritual health as well as the general well of society is forbidden by Allah. Islam does not restrict exercising to improve one’s physical appearance.

Movement, the cornerstone of sports, according to Imam Ibnul Qayyim, author of the famed book “Zad-Al Ma’aad,” is one of sports’ impacts on the body. It helps the body’s normal elimination of waste products from food. It gives it energy, strengthens its resistance to disease, and keeps it healthy.

A Muslim is motivated to find their sources of strength and to be powerful by sports. Every organ requires a sport that is beneficial to it. Teach your kids to swim, shoot an arrow, and ride a horse, according to his Hadith. As for body-only activities, horseback riding, archery, and racing all fall under this category. In addition to the daily prayers, the Ramadan fast, the deeds performed during the holy Hajj, visiting Muslim brothers, caring for the sick, traveling to and from the mosque, and participating in a variety of social activities, a Muslim who is in good physical shape is better able to carry out the obligations of Islam.

Muslims who participate in sports or are sports fans should behave respectfully and in a way that pleases Allah, just as they should in every other area of their lives. Showboating, deceit, and excessive severity are thus forbidden. The true spirit of Muslims who engage in sports is one of humility and modesty, which should characterize all Muslims.

According to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), “Almighty Allah has ordained that nothing should have a permanent grandeur,” every situation has its ups and downs and nothing has a lasting splendor. Aisha, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), competed in foot races with her husband. She boasted, “I raced against the Messenger of Allah (in sprinting) and beat him.” After gaining some weight, I later competed with him, but this time he beat me and said, “We’re even now. Islam outlaws co-ed involvement in a variety of sports as well as male spectatorship of women participating in such activities in order to avoid seduction, temptation, and corruption.

Another well-known story is about how Muhammad (pbuh) met the legendary wrestler and strongman Rukaana in Mecca. Rukaana, a smaller woman, was often defeated by Muhammad, who converted her to Islam. As we can see, a lot of Islamic rituals involve actions that, when properly carried out, help the body achieve physical health.

Some of the harmful behaviors that are applauded in music are also practiced in the world of sports. The goal of surrendering to Allah’s will can be distracted by becoming engrossed in music, much as many sports fans lose focus when they get overly obsessive, which brings out the worst in them.

But Allah wants us to have good bodies, good minds, and decent morals. Allah prefers and loves the strong (active) believer more than the weak believer. This insistent recommendation to participate in sports exemplifies the importance Islam places on sports in teaching Muslims and fostering physical condition. It is thus not unexpected that the aphorism “A sound mind in a sound body” is true.

On the subject of sports and its etiquette, Sheikh ‘Atiyyah Saqr, a former head of the Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, provides the following clarification: Islam encourages sports involvement, which brings to light how wonderful, flexible, and thorough the road that Allah established for mankind is.

Islam emphasizes the importance of moral and spiritual growth in this context, emphasizing that it should go hand in hand with physical growth in order for the latter to provide the desired effects.

Hologram should be avoided when cheering for a team. Gloating has no place in sports, either having the advantage in the games. As we can see, a lot of Islamic rituals involve actions that, when correctly carried out, support the body’s ascent to physical health. When one side is winning a game, it is improper to jeer at the defeated opponent. Islam sees sports as a way to promote inter-personal relationship and collaboration rather than as a means of igniting conflict.

Some recommendations for a Muslim sportsman while participating in games & sports:

  1. Self-indulgent sporting endeavors that involve endangering others are prohibited for Muslims. It is not Islamic practice, for instance, to play sports in a busy street and cause a traffic bottleneck. Furthermore, Islamic law forbids gender-neutral games because they might create opportunities for seduction, temptation, and corruption.

  2. Islam forbids any sports or games that promote immorality or pique sexual inclinations, such as ladies are practicing dance in front of onlookers.

  3. The Islamic teachings, which promote love and unity, are directly at odds with blind fanaticism in favor of or against a team. While playing sports with a Muslim, foul language, improper behaviour, and slander should be strictly forbidden.

  4. A Muslim shouldn’t focus on sports so much that he neglects his other responsibilities and religious duties.

  5. Females should do things that suit their nature, and vice versa, for men. Islam prohibits women from taking part in male-only sports. In order to protect morality and adhere to generally accepted legal norms, it must be made known that Islam places restrictions on what it considers to be permissible.

In order to avoid any inadvertent harm, certain regulations must be adhered to when participating in sports. Shari’ah’s overarching rule is that everything which requires going beyond the bounds of what is appropriate to do or consume or wear or otherwise is prohibited. The Qur’an states, “O you who believe! Don’t disobey the law and don’t forbid the wonderful things Allah has made legal for you. Lo! Sinners are not loved by Allah. (Ma’idah al-87)

Dr. Sirajuddin Md Alamgir

Executive Member :
Bangladesh Olympic Association
General Secretary :
Ctg Divisional Sports Association
President :
Pierre De Coubertin Committee Bangladesh.
Senior Vice President :
Chittagong Divisional Football Association, Bangladesh District & Divisional Sports Organizers Parishad &
Bangladesh District & Divisional Football Association
Former Director :
Bangladesh Cricket Board
Founder Secretary :
Bangladesh Premier Cricket League (BPL T20) reporter:kuk

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