THE NINTH HADITH

** Selected by Abu ash-Shaykh and others **

On the authority of al-Qa’qa bin Abi Hidr, may Allah be well-pleased with him, who said,

“The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said,

“Dress like the Ma'd,
adopt rough clothing,
wear simple garments,
surpass one another in jousting,
and walk barefoot.’”

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

THE TENTH HADITH

* Recounted by Abu Da’ud and others **

On the authority of `Uqba bin `Amr, may Allah Almighty be well-pleased with him, who related,

“I heard The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings from Allah Almighty be upon him, say,

“Verily, with one arrow Allah almighty will admit three individuals into paradise :
the maker of the arrow who fashions it with good intent,
the archer who shoots this arrow and
the person who gathers it up (after it has been shot).’”

and the Holy Prophet has spoken truly

THE ELEVENTH HADITH

** Selected by Abu ash-Shaykh **

On the authority of Najiya, may Allah’s favor be on him, who related,

“With a quiver in my hand, I was passing by an old man sitting by the gate of Bani Sulaym.

He spoke to me and said,

`Will you sell me the arrows you hold in your hand or not?’ I said, `I will sell it.’ And the old man said,

`Verily I shall buy it, though I can no longer shoot it. Then he said to his servant girl,

`Oh slave girl, go check my quiver and tell me whether it is full up or not!

For I heard The Holy Prophet, may Allah send peace and blessings upon him, say,

 

“Attend to your quivers!’”

THE TWELFTH HADITH

** Related by an-Nasa’i and al-Bayhaqi **

On the authority of `Ata ibn Abi Rabah, may Allah Almighty be well-pleased with him, who narrated, “I saw Khalid bin Abdullah and Jabir bin `Amru-l-Ansari, may Allah Almighty's favors be upon them both, casting arrows. As one of them wearied, the other said to his companion, `You have grown weary of casting arrows, but I have heard these words from The Holy prophet, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, who said,

“Everything that is done without the remembrance of Allah (Dhikrullah)
is vain distraction and idle play, but for these four accomplishments :
a man walking between the two points of the archery ground,
training his horse,
learning how to swim
and jesting with his family.’”

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

THE THIRTEENTH HADITH

** Reported by al-Qarrab **

On the authority of Abu ad-Darda’, may Allah Almighty shower His favors on him,

who narrates from The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings from Allah Almighty be upon him, who said,

“All games are idle play but three things :
the riding of horses,
the casting of arrows,
and a man playing with his wife ;
And of these the most beloved to me is the casting of arrows.”

THE FOURTEENTH HADITH

** Selected by ad-Daylami **

On the authority of Ibn `Umar, may Allah Almighty be well-pleased with them both,

from The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, who said,

“What an excellent diversion for a man is the casting of arrows ;
and whoever leaves archery after having learnt it,
he has rejected a gift of grace.”

and the Holy Prophet spoke truly

THE FIFTEENTH HADITH

** Selected by ad-Daylami **

On the authority of `Abd-ur Rahman ibn Shumasa that Qusaym al-Layth said to `Uqba bin `Amr, may Allah Almighty be well-pleased with him, as he was walking back and forth between the two targets (on the archery ground) “How is it that you keep going between these two points, whereas you are already and old man?” To this `Uqba replied, “Were I not for this world that I heard from The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings from Allah Almighty be upon him, I would not take this upon myself.” And he said, “I heard him say,

“Whoever learns archery, only to later abandon it, he is not one of us.’”

THE SIXTEENTH HADITH

** Selected by Abu ash-Shaykh **

On the authority of Ibn `Umar, may Allah Almighty be well-pleased with them both, who narrates that The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings from Allah Almighty be upon him, once missed a certain man. The Holy Prophet, upon whom be blessings and peace, said,

“Where is that missing person?

And one of them said, “He has gone gaming.”

And The Holy Prophet, Allah's peace and Blessings upon him, said, “What have we to do with games!”

And one man said, “O Prophet of Allah! That man has gone to cast his arrows.”

Thereupon The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said,

“The casting of arrows is not one of the unlawful games ; indeed, casting arrows is the very best of your pastimes.’”

 

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