Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) - Did he play sports for fitness?
  • Question:

    Did Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) play any sports to stay fit?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) was a healthy, fit and active human being. He always encouraged being active and health cautious.

    Various reports indicate that the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) participated and or encouraged the following sports related activities:

    • swimming
    • archery
    • horse riding
    • walking
    • racing
    • playing with one's family

    “His (peace and blessings upon him) stomach and chest were in line.” (Tabrani and Tirmidhi)

    “The strong (active) believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, while there is good in both.” (Muslim)

    “Anything which is not included in the remembrance of Allah is useless and futile except for four things; playing with one’s spouse, training one’s horse, walking between two targets (while aiming arrows), and learning how to swim”. (al Jami’ al Saghir)

    Ai’sha (may Allah be pleased with her) says: “I competed with the Messenger of Allah (in running) and overtook him. Later, when I had put on some weight, I once again competed with him, but this time he overtook me and said: “We’re even now”.
    (Sunan Abi Dawud)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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