In the name of Allah; the entirely merciful; the especially merciful - بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Archery

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

During school holiday our family were doing archery as part of our home education program. It is a great family sport. It benefits us as it teaches us to focus, concentration and goal setting skills. We can also reinforced basic math skills during scoring in archery.

In Islam archery is encouraged because the Prophet is reported to have said: “Teach your children swimming, archery and horse-riding.” Archery was also popular among early Muslims by the following hadith. `Uqbah also said, "I heard Allah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) saying, 'Allah will cause three persons to enter Paradise for one arrow: the maker when he has a good intention in making it, the one who shoots it, and the one who hands it. So shoot and ride, but your shooting is dearer to me than your riding. If anyone abandons archery after becoming an adept because of his distaste for it, it is a blessing he has abandoned; (or he said: for which he has been ungrateful)'" (Abu Dawud, An-Nasa'i, and Al-Hakim).


K aiming the target.


H shooting the arrow.


Archery is not about winning or losing but it is about enjoying the game. Insha Allah, we are planning to do it as our family monthly activity.

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