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There are 4 Sunnah sports activities in Islam that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ liked and encourage people to play.
Strong Believer v/s Weak Believer
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are good.” – Sunan Ibn Majah 79
In order to gain strength, you need to play some sports, and what is better than getting involved in Sunnah sports in Islam. Here are the 4 sports liked by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Archery is an ancient practice used by warriors to improve their war skills. It is one of the Sunnah sports as Prophet Muhammad ﷺ practiced it and recommended it to the followers of Islam.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Everything with which a man amuses himself is vain except three (things): a man’s training of his horse, his playing with his wife, and his shooting with his bow and arrow. – Sunan Abi Dawud 2513
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ liked horse riding and approved it as a Sunnah sports activity in Islam. Once Prophet Muhammad ﷺ arranged an event of horse racing himself and the area of the race was from Ath-Thaniya to the mosque of Bani Zuraiq. – Sahih Bukhari 2869
Horse riding has also been narrated in the Holy Quran as a war tactic. – Quran 8:60
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to ride on camels and liked it as an activity for amusement which makes it sunnah sport in Islam.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “There should be no prizes for racing except races with camels and horses.” – Sunan Ibn Majah 2878
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to race with Aisha رضي الله عنه as fun and amusement.
- Aisha رضي الله عنه said: Prophet Muhammad ﷺ raced with me and I beat him.” – Sunan Ibn Majah 1979
We are not sure if swimming is one of the Sunnah sports but there is a reference that it was liked by Umar bin Khattab, the second caliph of Islam.
Some people say that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ learned swimming when he went to Madina with his mother at the age of 6. However, we could not get any reference to that.
Umar bin Khattab رضي الله عنه said: “Teach your children swimming and teach your fighters archery.” – Musnad Ahmad 323