Archery is a great sport for boosting your mental and physical health and fitness. However, it also has a number of other benefits, improving patience and teaching safety. Here's the top 10 benefits of the sport of archery.
1. Archery is a Sunnah Firstly, archery is a Sunnah of our Prophet Muhammed ﷺ which means, that when we do it with this intention, it is pleasing to the Almighty and we receive reward for this enjoyable activity!
2. Archery is a physically demanding sport While it is a fun sport, archery is also physically demanding and those wishing to progress may want to think about improving upper body strength for greater control.
3. Archery improves focus Archers require not only some physical strength, but also mental fitness, and archers develop their focus, flexibility, and attention skills.
4. Archery is relatively Inexpensive Archery can be a cheap sport if you just want to play for fun. However, if you want to compete, then the price can jump, and requires a lot of your time as well as dedication. Many archery outlets allow you to borrow equipment when having lessons from them.
5. Archery provides enjoyment The ultimate goal of the recreational archer is enjoyment. The archer should remember to focus on improving themselves rather than worrying about what everyone else is doing, and with that in mind, archery becomes a lot more fun.
6. Archery improves patience Archery is particularly useful for youngsters as it teaches them the benefits of patience.
7. Archery is an indoor and outdoor sport Archery can be practiced both indoors and outdoors with many clubs having access to indoor facilities over the winter season.
8. Archery is a social sport Many people, from many walks of life enjoy archery. Almost every age group can participate, and children as young as 6 or 7 have taken well to the sport, while it is not unheard of for people in their 80s to be shooting competitively. It also teaches the benefits of teamwork in some cases with some competitions involving groups of people.
9. Archery improves self-confidence Archery provides great satisfaction in combining both mental and physical attributes to good effect. Whatever the results at the target, every archer is able to draw satisfaction to a lesser or greater extent, from having won a personal mental battle.
10. Lastly, Archery is open to all Archery can be done by able bodied and disabled people. People with the most severe disabilities and even the blind, using special tactile equipment are able to join in.
Hadith about Archery Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 148: Narrated Salama bin Al-Akwa: The Prophet passed by some people of the tribe of Bani Aslam who were practicing archery. The Prophet said, "O Bani Ismail ! Practice archery as your father Isma'il was a great archer. Keep on throwing arrows and I am with Bani so-and-so." So one of the parties ceased throwing. Allah's Apostle said, "Why do you not throw?" They replied, "How should we throw while you are with them (i.e. on their side)?" On that the Prophet said, "Throw, and I am with all of you."
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 151: Narrated Anas bin Malik: Abu Talha and the Prophet used to shield themselves with one shield. Abu Talha was a good archer, and when he threw (his arrows) the Prophet would look at the target of his arrows.
Sahih Muslim Book 020, Number 4711: It has been narrated on the authority of Ibn Amir who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say-and he was delivering a sermon from the pulpit: Prepare to meet them with as much strength as you can afford. Beware, strength consists in archery. Beware, strength consists in archery. Beware, strength consists in archery.
Book 020, Number 4714: It has been reported by 'Abd al-Rahman b. Shamasa that Fuqaim al- Lakhmi said to Uqba b. Amir: You frequent between these two targets and you are an old man, so you will be finding it very hard. 'Uqba said: But for a thing I heard from the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him), I would not strain myself. Harith (one of the narrators in the chain of transmitters) said: I asked Ibn Shamasa: What was that? He said that he (the Holy Prophet) said: Who learnt archery and then gave it up is not from us. or he has been guilty of disobedience (to Allah's Apostle).
Book 14, Number 2507: Narrated Uqbah ibn Amir: I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) say: Allah, Most High, will cause three persons to enter Paradise for one arrow: the maker when he has a good motive in making it, the one who shoots it, and the one who hands it; so shoot and ride, but your shooting is dearer to me than your riding. 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. If anyone abandons archery after becoming an adept through distaste for it, it is a blessing he has abandoned; or he said: for which he has been ungrateful.