Egyptian cleric Safwat Higazi: Parents should choose sports for their children that prepare them for Jihad

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The following are excerpts from an address delivered by Egyptian cleric Safwat Higazi, which aired on Al-Nas TV on July 11, 2010.

Saladin’s Mother Taught Her Son To Play With A Stick And A Ball

“When he was young, Saladin used to play this game. His mother chose for him a sport that was suitable for Jihad. She did not choose a game like backgammon or billiards, or any other soft and laid-back game. No. She chose a sport that would teach him Jihad and fighting – the game of stick and ball, which is like polo.”

“You should choose the sport that your son will play. I’m not saying that a child should not play, but he should play a game that will benefit him when he grows up.

“Today, all our children sit in front of the computer and the PlayStation, and play games that will never lead them to wage Jihad.”

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