Boxing in Islam

A physically strong believer is better than a physically weak believer. الْمُؤْمِنُ الْقَوِيُّ خَيْرٌ وَأَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِ الضَّعِيفِ. As such, sports are encouraged in as much as they help us to keep fit. However boxing is not permissible according to the ‘ulama. Prophet, salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, has prohibited striking the face. Other contravention in boxing is the possibility of harming oneself which is against the Quranic injunction وَلَا تُلْقُوا بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ ۛ

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