THE THIRTY-THIRD HADITH

** Chosen by al-Bukhari **

On the authority of Salama bin al-Akwa’, may Allah Almighty be well-pleased with him,

that The Messenger of Allah, may Allah Almighty bless him and grant him peace,

stepped out to the people of Bani Aslam, while they were staging an archery competition in the market place,

and he said to them,

“Shoot, ye sons of Isma’il! For verily, your forefather was an archer;

and I am with the tribe of so-and-so.”

Thereupon they hesitated, and The Holy Prophet, peace and blessings from Allah Almighty be upon him, asked,

“What is it with you?”

and they said, “How shall we shoot while you are with the tribe of so-and-so?”

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

“Go ahead, and shoot, for I am with all of you.’”

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

THE THIRTY-FOURTH HADITH

** Narrated by at-Tirmidhi **

On the authority of Abu Hurayra, may Allah be well-pleased with him, who said, “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings from Allah be upon him, spoke,

“No wager is permitted except with animals having soles (khuf or hooves – hafir) or with the casting of arrows (nasl).’”

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

THE THIRTY-FIFTH HADITH

** Chosen by Abu ash-Shaykh **

On the authority of Anas, may Allah Almighty be well-pleased with him, who said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah Almighty bless him and grant him peace, said,

“Whoever acquires a bow in the way of Allah, from him Allah the exalted fends off poverty and need through its blessings.”

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

THE THIRTY-SIXTH HADITH

** Selected by at-Tabarani in his book `As-Saghir’ **

On the authority of A’isha, may Allah be well-pleased with her, who said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,

“There is no harm for any of you to take up your bow when you are overtaken by care, and thereby do away with you worries.’”

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

THE THIRTY-SEVENTH HADITH

** Chosen by Abu ash-Shaykh **

On the authority of Abu Khirash, may Allah be well-pleased with him, who said,

“I heard al-Qasim relate about The Messenger of Allah, may Allah Almighty bless him and grant him peace,

that he passed by some people shooting arrows with bows, and one of the Companions said,

“I see that they have not yet prayed their obligatory prayers, which would be better than what they are doing,

O Messenger of Allah.” And the holy prophet, Allah Almighty bless him and grant him peace, then said,

“Their bows are better, unless they miss the prayer time.’”

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

THE THIRTY-EIGHTH HADITH

** Chosen by Abu ash-Shaykh **

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

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings from Allah Almighty be upon him, spoke,

“The angels witness three things:

the wager of the horse-race,

the shooting with the bow,

and the pleasantry of a man with his wife.’”

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

THE THIRTY-NINTH HADITH

** Chosen by at-Tabarani **

On the authority of Rafi` bin Khadij, may Allah Almighty be well-pleased with him, who related, that he went out on the day of Uhud, and The Messenger of Allah, may Allah Almighty bless him and grant him peace, wished him to return to Medina, for he thought him to be too young. But his uncle told The Holy Prophet, that Rafi’ was an archer and a teacher of archery, whereupon The Holy Prophet, on whom be blessings and peace from Allah Almighty, permitted him to come along.

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

THE FORTIETH HADITH

** 40. **

On the authority of Salama bin al-Akwa’, may Allah Almighty be well-pleased with him, who related, “I asked The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings from Allah Almighty be upon him, about the permissibility of praying with the bow and the leather quiver : was this permissible or not?” The Holy Prophet, may Allah Almighty bless him and send him peace, replied,

“Pray with the bow but leave aside the leather quiver.’”

and the Messenger of Allah has spoken truly

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