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Is it permissible to become a pro boxer so I can pray my Salah on time?

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I have asked a few questions that have never ben answered yet. If you can please answer this one it would be greatly apreciated. 

In my previous job i have had a very hard time performing my salah on time Dispite trying very hard to perform my salah on time there were times i missed my salah. Even looking into other jobs i find i will have the same problem and miss some salah. Based on this I would like to know if it would be permissible to become a pro boxing so i wouldn’t miss my salah. I would also like to know what would happen if i end up dying in the ring or my oppenent dies in the ring accidentally, would Allah punish me for this? I would only adopt this sport so i can perform my salah on time. If you can please answer it would be greatly appreciated.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Your attitude towards performing Salah timeously is encouraging. We make Dua Allah grant you a flexible means of income in which you could perform your Salah on time. Ameen.

It is not permissible to adopt boxing as a means of income as boxing is not permissible.

Consider the following Ahadith of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه و سلم ,

 عن أبي هريرة، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: وفي حديث ابن حاتم، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: «إذا قاتل أحدكم أخاه، فليجتنب الوجه، فإن الله خلق آدم على صورته

 Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه   has narrated, The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “If somebody fights (or beats somebody) then he should avoid the face.” [1]

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: «لَا ضَرَرَ وَلَا ضِرَارَ، مَنْ ضَارَّ ضَارَّهُ اللَّهُ، وَمَنْ شَاقَّ شَاقَّ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ

“An individual should not harm others or be harmed by others in return” [2]

It is clear from the above that it is not permissible for you to choose boxing as a career. However, if one learns boxing merely to stay fit and to defend one’s self, this will be permissible with the condition referred to in the Hadith i.e. avoid hitting the face.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Bilal Issak

Student Darul Iftaa
Leicester, England, UK  

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 [1] Sahihul-Bukhari V 3 Hadith 734

 [2] Al-Mustadrak lil-Hakim Hadith 2345

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