Martial Arts

Q: I was wondering if it is permissible to train in martial arts where the training entails getting hit in the face?


A: It is permissible for one to equip oneself against any danger or hostile situation that may occur in the future through training etc. The primary purpose for such training is so that it may serve as a protection for oneself, one’s Deen, one’s family, property and to assist others as well.  It is however necessary for one to ensure that the training course does not violate any law of Shariah. Hitting in the face has been prohibited in Islam. Hence, this should be avoided. 

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)