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Firearm training, second amendment

Fatwaa ID: 1256

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu dear mufteen:

I had two questions:

  1. We know that RasulAllah(pbuh) stated that practicing archery is sunnah. But since in modern times firearms dominate so would it be sunnah also to practice gun shooting in gun ranges ?
  2. Secondly adding on to the first question, as someone living in the United States how should Muslims living in the United States be view the second amendment? Is there a problem if one is pro-2nd amendment?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. The purpose of archery is to train oneself. This included self-defense, warfare, strength, hunting, precision, cognizance, etc. In current times, firearms training could also be included in this and one would be rewarded for it provided that he has the right intentions. At the same time, he should also learn and practice archery.
  2. The second amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In simple terms, you as as American citizen have the right to arm yourself. Islamically, there is no problem in responsibly and legally bearing arms. Rather, we find that to have been the sunnah amongst the Sahaabah (R). This is a human right to ensure safety and protection at all times. A strong and prepared Muslim is better than a weak unprepared Muslim. One may responsibly exercise this right of his. As for being pro or anti in regards to legal laws, you may consult a legal expert.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

11/17/1444 AH – 06/06/2023 CE | AMG1-3133

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