Monday, 10 March 2008 01:37
From little children to great-grandmothers, hardly anybody has been untouched by the sportmania that has gripped the world. Those who are more deeply obsessed ride the roller coaster of emotions with the success and failure of “their” team. While at times they are elated, on other occasions they become truly depressed due to “their” team losing. Sport discussions, heated debates and even arguments abound everywhere — around the table, on street corners and even in the sacred house of Allah Ta’ala — the Musjid. Hence, as Muslims, as the slaves of our Creator and Nourisher, as the true followers and ardent lovers of our beloved Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), what is our approach to sport?
Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has himself encouraged certain forms of “sports.” The Ahadith mention the merits of archery and horse riding. However, the bottom line in all the forms of “sport” encouraged by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is that they were in actual fact a training for the defence of Islam and the Muslims. Outwardly it may have seemed to be just a sport, but in reality it was never just play and amusement. These forms of “sport” in reality were actual skills and expertise required on the battle field. As for modern-day sports, these are an invention of later times which have no relationship to Islam. This is what we need to examine.
“Modern-day sports are a glittering display of some of the most unproductive skills that could be hatched up.”
Monday, 10 March 2008 01:25
A true Believer is primarily concerned about the commands of Allah Ta’ala and the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). He regards the slightest violation as a serious sin. Sins are of two categories. One is the sin that is perpetrated in secrecy. While committing it in secrecy does not diminish its severity, worse than this is the sin that is committed openly and in public.
When a sin is committed openly and those not involved shirk in their duty of amr bil ma’roof and nahy anil munkar (enjoining the good and forbidding the evil), the perpetrators of that evil as well as those who maintained silence despite their ability to correct the evil are engulfed in the wrath of Allah Ta’ala. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Verily Allah Ta’ala will not punish all the people due to the actions of a specific group until a sin is committed in their midst. Thereafter, despite their ability to repel the evil they do nothing about it. In such a situation Allah Ta’ala will punish the open sinners as well as the general masses who maintain silence” (Mishkaat). In the light of the above Hadith let us consider the following aspects with regard to sports:
Monday, 10 March 2008 01:21
From a purely materialistic point of view, there are many people who have greatly benefitted mankind in general. For instance, computers have made it tremendously easy to accomplish many tasks that previously required great effort and much time. However, ask the millions of computer users worldwide and perhaps a few will know who invented the computer. Similarly, hardly anyone knows who invented the microwave oven or the cellular phone. The same can be said for a hundred other items which people benefit from daily.
Monday, 10 March 2008 01:17
One’s honour has no price. People would spend all they have to protect their honour and the honour of their families. The one who attempts to taint their honour will be repulsed in every possible manner. Alas, it is only the forlorn Deen of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) that receives negligible help when it is insulted. Sports in particular seems to be at the forefront of insulting Islam.
Monday, 10 March 2008 01:11
Summary of Letter:
Respected Mufti Saheb
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
I am constantly harassed by some enemies who are bent on inflicting difficulties upon me. As a result I am greatly disturbed. My life has become a misery and I am extremely despondent. My family is also disturbed and troubled by the conditions. I cannot fathom what to do. I am being harassed absolutely without reason. Kindly advise me as to what I should do.
Monday, 10 March 2008 01:08
Dear sincere Muslim, Dear follower and true lover of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam):
While the sportmania has gripped the world, sit back briefly and ask yourself the following questions:
1. Am I also overwhelmed by all the media hype about a bunch of people kicking a ball around? (If yes, it means the propaganda machine has found another victim.)
Monday, 10 March 2008 01:04
Drinking, lewd behaviour and other vices are closely linked to modern-day sports, especially professional sports. Drunken fans are an extremely common sight. According to a newspaper report, on the night before the world cup started, fans in France packed every place “that sold alcohol” (Daily News - 10/06/98). What else can really be expected from the kuffaar hordes? However, many Muslims, by constant association with the drinking mobs at sporting venues have fallen into this vice. Players from Muslim countries have also disgraced themselves and embarassed Muslims in general with their totally un-Islamic conduct. Yet Muslims cheer the very people who have let Islam down.