*Arabic Language Classes : Every Monday 3:45pm – 5pm
*ARCHERY CLUB : Every Tuesdays 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
The importance of Archery
The modern era brings us pressures, images, messages, desires and wants that divert our attention from what is important. Among the many medicines left to us by The Prophet Muhammed (saw) is to help us maintain clarity of vision and purpose is that of archery – a Sunnah with an illustrious past. The Prophet (saw)is known to have encouraged his companions to learn and practice archery. In fact there are many hadith in which he mentions archery as one of the sports men must teach their sons. It was this love of archery and love for the Sunnah of The Prophet (saw) that led to many of the successful victories by Muslim armies.
This great art was later protected and perfected by the Ottomans within the Guild of Archers. Sultan Selim III still holds the record for the longest shot ever of 972 yards; a feat witnessed in 1798 by many dignitaries in attendance including Sir Robert Ainslie, from Great Britain. In 1835 Mahmud II, Selim’s nephew, with the intention of formalising and preserving archery commanded his courtier Mustafa Kani to set down in writing all available information about archery. He wanted this done, he announced, “so that under my royal patronage novices may acquire complete knowledge of the Sunnah of the Prophet, and by diligence come to possess the degrees of both worlds.” The result was “Abstracts and Treatise on Casting Arrows” printed in 1847. We have a lot to thank this far-sighted Sultan: today the Sheikhs of archery are no more and archery has all but become a forgotten Sunnah.
In all of The Prophet’s (saw) directives there is wisdom and archery is no different. For the young ones within our schools and madrassas today we believe archery can offer a hitherto ignored sporting activity to help them at all levels; physical, mental and spiritual. Archery is not game and play but in fact a means of helping the mind focus, the body breathe, the limbs exercise, the heart connect and the spirit develop.
The practice of archery uses all parts of the body developing strong and robust athletes. The act of aiming helps the mind ignore distractions and develop focus. Releasing the arrow reconnects the heart and soul to the concept La hawla wa la quwatta illah billah(there is no strength nor force but Allah) where one’s trust is in his Lord. The very act of shooting carries unseen benefits. The Prophet (saw) said, “ Whoever removes his wrap from his shoulder and walks between the two targets of the archery field, will receive the reward for the freeing of a believing slave for every single step.”
At a time when our children are struggling to engage with their religion, to get sufficient exercise, to maintain focus and concentration, does archery not present itself as a hidden gem buried deep within our own history? therefore at Buttercup Primary School our aim will be to revive this sunnah inshallah and instill in our children the art of archery.
*Martial Arts: Silat
Every Wednesday 3:45pm -4:45pm
Our After School Martial Arts Program Teaches Your Child To:
- Increase in Confidence
- Develop Self Discipline
- Increased Concentration and Focus
- Set and Achieve Goals
- Improve Grades
- Show Courtesy and Respect
- Improve Health and Vitality
- Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Every Thursday 3:45pm-5:30pm
Children enjoy singing Nasheeds and learn to create their own songs in a workshop led by a dedicated Artist.
Every Fridays 3:45pm – 5pm
*PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A SEPARATE CHARGE FOR AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO ENROLL YOUR CHILD.