Making wrestling into a sport

Q: What is the ruling regarding wrestling? Some argue that it is a sport which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wrestled but did Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) make wrestling a sport which is recommended or well permitted? What are the rules for wrestling? Did the Sahaabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) practice wrestling? Did wrestling become the reference sport of Islam? What is the field of application of wrestler?

A: Making this into a sport is obviously not the teaching of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum) and the pious of the old. However, practising self defense only to defend oneself, not as a sport is not discouraged, provided it does not have any wrong or impermissible elements.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)