FUTUWWA

Futuwwa (chivalrous being and conduct) is the epitome of the Prophetic Way. It’s the result of lengthy self-discipline of the mind, body and soul to actualise the human potential for noble, virtuous character.

The Prophetic Sports are a means of attaining this. Through physical activities grounded in the higher purposes of self-disciple and adherence to the way of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), noble traits such as courage, mercy, preference of others and self-sacrifice can be realised.

These sports include:

ARCHERY

  

There is an inextricable link between archery and the intellect. The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him) from a very young age trained in the ancient sport and partook in its shooting as a hobby as well as in warfare. The greatest archer amongst the Companions was Sa’d b. Abi Waqqas (may God be pleased with him) and his excellence in archery brought great joy and pleasure to the blessed heart of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him).

“The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him) passed by some people from the tribe of Aslam while they were competing in archery. He said to them, ‘Shoot, O Children of Ishmael, for your father was a skilled marksman! Shoot, and I am with so and so.’

 

One of the two teams therein stopped shooting, so the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him) asked, ‘Why do not you shoot?’ They answered, ‘How could we shoot while you are with them (the other team)?”  He then said, ‘Shoot, and I am with you all.’”
[Bukhari]

Let us be from those who revive the Sunnah and follow in the footsteps of our Beloved Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions. Where there is a challenge there is an opportunity. Take the opportunity while it still remains!

We’re fortunate to have Jehad Shamis, a professional horseback archer and international competitor, as our instructor and coach.

Every Sunday
Women’s sessions: 1pm - 2pm 
Men’s sessions: 2pm – 3pm

T | 07817 281260


Denbigh High School Sports Hall, Alexandra Ave, Luton LU3 1HE

SWIMMING

The Arabic term for swimming is Sibaha which comes from the same root as glorification (tasbih). Water is conquered through being at one with water (i.e. where one’s body and soul are completely at ease with the water). Our ability to swim is thus directly related to our love of the temporal world. We can only float once we are in a state of complete tranquility and have let go of any fear and truly submitted to the water.

There are thus great secrets deposited within these physical pursuits and it is thus imperative that we revive these within our localities such that they become the means by which we are able to attain great character traits.

“And your body also has a right over you.”

Everyone should always desire to be at their best to fulfil all their obligations. There is not a single circumstance when it is encouraged or good to be in a poor state of health. Staying healthy and physically fit it is perhaps the most practical method of implementing the above advice to avoid the health defects that come with age.

We’re delighted to present tailored swimming sessions for beginners and intermediate swimmers. The course will be taught by qualified instructors.

Men’s sessions:
Every Friday – 8pm – 9pm
Denbigh High School, Alexandra Avenue, Luton, LU3 1HE

Women’s sessions:
Every Wednesday - 7pm - 8pm
Denbigh High School, Alexandra Avenue, Luton, LU3 1HE

 

Contact Us

T | 07939 814075 (Male)

T | 07903 846022 (Female)
E | info@cultureandcharacter.org

WRESTLING

The wrestler/martial artist is fully aware of his surroundings – as soon as he/she loses self-control in a fight, it becomes all too easy for the opponent to overcome him/her; though if one is able to control their anger when someone is physically trying to harm him/her then controlling it in other situations will naturally be much easier.

In a famous Prophetic tradition, the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ spoke about the “strong” person as “the one who has mastered the art of wrestling” to which the Prophet ﷺ responded,

“The strong person is not the one who easily takes down his opponent; rather, the strong one is the one who can control himself when he is angry.”

[al-Bukhari]

This doesn’t negate the significance of wrestling as a means of attaining inner strength; rather, there is an inextricable link between the two, in that wrestling can facilitate the controlling and commanding of one’s desires. The Companions would wrestle inside the Masjid of the Prophet ﷺ itself after their congregational prayers, implying the significance of this discipline.

Rukāna b. Abī Yazīd al-Qurashi was from those who accepted Islam upon the conquering of Makka. Infamously known amongst the Arabs as the Champion Wrestler, he was undefeated, until the Prophet ﷺ offered to wrestle him in the outskirts of Makka. The Prophet ﷺ took him down three times altogether, which left Rukāna perplexed. When the Conquest of Makka took place, Rukāna accepted Islam, no doubt due to his previous engagements with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ.

We’re extremely fortunate to have weekly sessions with European Champion and Olympic Silver Medallist Ismail Rejdep.

Session Plan:
Warm Ups and Stretches
Circuit Training
Techniques and Take-Downs
Warm Down

Benefits:
Whole-Body Workout
Stamina Enhancement
Joint Flexibility Improvement
Core Muscle Strengthening

Men’s Sessions (14+):

Instructor: Faisal Malik
6pm – 7.30pm
Every Sunday
Venue: Active Support Gym, Unit 9, Britannia Estates, Luton, LU3 1RJ

Women's Sessions (14+)

Instructor: Hayley Carter

7pm - 8pm

Every Monday

Venue: Active Support Gym, Unit 9, Britannia Estates, Luton, LU3 1RJ

Prices:
Course fee: £50

Contact Us

T | 07877347670

T | 07817 281260
E | info@cultureandcharacter.org

FUTUWWA

Futuwwa (chivalrous being and conduct) is the epitome of the Prophetic Way. It’s the result of lengthy self-discipline of the mind, body and soul to actualise the human potential for noble, virtuous character.

The Prophetic Sports are a means of attaining this. Through physical activities grounded in the higher purposes of self-disciple and adherence to the way of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), noble traits such as courage, mercy, preference of others and self-sacrifice can be realised.

ABOUT US

The OCC is a community-led endeavour that aims to remedy and rectify society's conditions through correct application of traditional Prophetic teachings contextualised to modern day issues.

Registered Charity Number: 1184503

CONTACT US

Unit 1 Leagrave Road

Luton

LU3 1RJ

 

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