Some Islamic scholars argue that boxing may not be in line with the spirit of Islam, as it involves intentionally hitting the face and head, which is a sensitive and vulnerable area of the body. They might argue that it goes against the principle of avoiding harm to others and promoting the well-being of fellow human beings.
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“If any one of you has a fight with his brother, let him avoid the face.”
Ref: (Al-Bukhari, 2560; Muslim, 2612).
However, others may argue that boxing, when practiced within certain guidelines and rules, can be considered a sport and a form of physical exercise. In many professional boxing matches, there are strict regulations in place to ensure the safety of the participants, such as the use of protective gear and referees to enforce the rules. In such cases, the intention is not to harm one’s opponent but to engage in a competitive sport.
Ultimately, the permissibility of boxing in Islam may vary from one Islamic scholar or authority to another, and it can depend on the specific circumstances and how the sport is practiced.
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: