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'Abdul Rahmaan
02-17-2010, 12:16 PM
Is playing Chess Halaal?
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'Abdul Rahmaan
02-17-2010, 12:25 PM
Being off topic, what are real issues?
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Innocent Soul
02-17-2010, 02:40 PM
Assalamualaikum
Here got a link.
http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/14095
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sabr*
02-17-2010, 10:41 PM
Originally Posted by Abdul Rahmaan
Is playing Chess Halaal?

As-Salāmu `Alaykum (السلام عليكم):


SAHIH MUSLIM, Book 28 : The Book of Poetry (Kitab Al-Sh'ir)
Chapter 2: IT IS PROHIBITED TO PLAY CHESS

Sahih Muslim Book 028, Number 5612:

Buraida reported on the authority of his father that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine.
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'Abdul Rahmaan
02-18-2010, 01:59 AM
Originally Posted by sabr62
As-Salāmu `Alaykum (السلام عليكم):


Chapter 2: IT IS PROHIBITED TO PLAY CHESS

Sahih Bukhari Book 028, Number 5612:

Buraida reported on the authority of his father that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine.
Of which book's chapter is it? The bold part above.
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SMA89
02-18-2010, 02:18 AM
lol what the hell! How is playing chess haram!!! WHY!!! I LOVE CHESS!
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جوري
02-18-2010, 02:22 AM
chess is an excellent strategy game.. the hadith above is about something else not 'chess' which didn't exist in Arabia, this Q was answered here before, I just can't find the thread currently..

and Allah swt knows best

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Name of Questioner
Fatiha - Morocco

Title
Playing Chess: Permissible?

Question
As-Salamu `alaykum! Is it allowed to play chess in Islam?

Date
25/Dec/2003

Name of Counsellor
Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

Topic
Sports & Games
Answer
Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.


All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear sister in Islam, thanks a lot for your question which reflects your care to have a clear view of the teachings of Islam. Allah commands Muslims to refer to people of knowledge to get themselves well-acquainted with the teachings of Islam.


In his well-known book, The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam, the prominent Muslim scholar, Sheik Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, states:

"Chess is a very popular game, and the opinion of jurists concerning it varies. Some scholars consider it halal (permissible), others consider it makruh (reprehensible), and still others consider it haram (unlawful).

Those who consider it haram cite some hadiths in support of their view, but researchers have proved that chess did not appear until after the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Thus all such hadiths must have been fabricated.

The Companions of the Prophet (may Allah be pleased with them all) themselves held different views about playing chess. Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said that it is worse than backgammon and `Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) regarded it as gambling (perhaps meaning when it is played for money), while some others merely expressed disapproval of it.

However, some Companions and some of the second generation of scholars allowed it. Among those were Ibn `Abbas, Abu Hurayrah, Ibn Sirin, Hisham bin `Umrah, and Sa`id Ibn Al-Musayyib. We agree with those great jurists, since the original principle is the permissibility of acts and no text is to be found prohibiting it.

Moreover, in addition to being a game and a recreation, chess is also a mental exercise which requires thought and planning. In this respect, it is the opposite of backgammon, for while backgammon is a game of chance and therefore comparable to divining with arrows, chess is a game of skill and strategy, which may be compared to archery.

However, playing chess is permissible only if the following conditions are met:

1- One should not get so absorbed in it that he delays his prayer; chess is well-known to be a stealer of time.

2- There should be no gambling involved.

3- The players should not utter obscenities or vulgarities.

If any of these conditions are not met it should be considered as haram."

You can also read:

Islam and Recreation

May Allah guide you to the straight path, and direct you to that which pleases Him, Amen.



Read more: http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/S...#ixzz0fqmWjZrY
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sur
02-18-2010, 04:46 AM
Though wikipedia says it was invented around 6th century that means 500+AD, that would be before Prophet's birth..... but irrespective of both point of views... there is an association b/w checkered pattern like one used in chess & those who summon evil-jinns, they also use checkered floors, like freemasons....
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sabr*
02-18-2010, 05:40 AM
سم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Bismillā hir Rahmā nir Rahīm
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

As-Salāmu `Alaykum (السلام عليكم):

The correct citing should have been Sahih Muslim for that hadith.

And Ukhti Gossamer skye there is no room in Islam for your opinions. Just provide evidence of any opposing positions based on Quran and Sunnah. Citing a book that refutes a Sahih hadith clarifies everything. Subhanallah!

Chess was invented and played during the times of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). So the claim only shows practicing Muslims the intent of that citing.

The history of chess, specifically that of Western Chess, spans some 1500 years. The earliest predecessors of the game originated in India in the 6th century AD and spread to Persia from there. When the Arabs conquered Persia chess was taken up by the Muslim world, from where it reached Southern Europe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chess

Surah Ahzab 33:36

It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path. (Y. Ali translation)

SAHIH MUSLIM, Book 28 : The Book of Poetry (Kitab Al-Sh'ir)
Chapter 2: IT IS PROHIBITED TO PLAY CHESS

Sahih Muslim Book 028, Number 5612:

Buraida reported on the authority of his father that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine.
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Rafeeq
02-18-2010, 06:09 AM
Mr. Abdul Rahman, Hope, the controversy is over. The real issues were taking care/fulfilment of your duties, i.e. from offering Sala to local and national concerns.
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syilla
02-18-2010, 07:08 AM
http://www.islamicboard.com/advice-s...ing-chess.html

http://www.islamicboard.com/worship-...tml#post854296

http://www.islamicboard.com/comparat...ous-rules.html
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Lynx
02-18-2010, 07:43 AM
Originally Posted by sabr62
سم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Bismillā hir Rahmā nir Rahīm
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

As-Salāmu `Alaykum (السلام عليكم):

The correct citing should have been Sahih Muslim for that hadith.

And Ukhti Gossamer skye there is no room in Islam for your opinions. Just provide evidence of any opposing positions based on Quran and Sunnah. Citing a book that refutes a Sahih hadith clarifies everything. Subhanallah!

Chess was invented and played during the times of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). So the claim only shows practicing Muslims the intent of that citing.

The history of chess, specifically that of Western Chess, spans some 1500 years. The earliest predecessors of the game originated in India in the 6th century AD and spread to Persia from there. When the Arabs conquered Persia chess was taken up by the Muslim world, from where it reached Southern Europe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chess

Surah Ahzab 33:36

It is not fitting for a Believer, man or woman, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger to have any option about their decision: if any one disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path. (Y. Ali translation)

SAHIH MUSLIM, Book 28 : The Book of Poetry (Kitab Al-Sh'ir)
Chapter 2: IT IS PROHIBITED TO PLAY CHESS

Sahih Muslim Book 028, Number 5612:

Buraida reported on the authority of his father that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine.

The hadith in question seems to have some different wording. In the link posted above from islam-qa the hadith says playing 'dice is like ...with flesh and blood of swine'

So go figure.
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Muslim Woman
02-18-2010, 08:53 AM
:sl:


Originally Posted by sabr62
....
And Ukhti Gossamer skye there is no room in Islam for your opinions. .

I read that there is a difference between today's chess and the game played in the past . That was like gambling such as pasha .

We must follow the this rule - anything that prevents us from offering salat in time , we must not do that . Let it be chess , cricket ,football or other things. I don't know if it's possible to offer salat while playing .
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zakirs
02-18-2010, 09:22 AM
From Islam QA .. i think there is a mixed opinion on this issue.Let us not fight each other here.

Praise be to Allaah.

“When chess distracts us from what we are obliged to do both inwardly and outwardly, it is haraam according to the consensus of the scholars – such as when it distracts from an obligatory duty such as prayer or anything that is necessary in the interests of oneself or one’s family, or enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, or upholding ties of kinship or honouring one’s parents, or any obligations connected to positions of authority or leadership, etc. In this case it is haraam according to the consensus of the scholars. Similarly, if it involves anything that is haraam such as telling lies, swearing false oaths, cheating, wrongdoing or helping in wrongdoing, or other forbidden things, then it is haraam according to the consensus of the Muslims.” (Adapted from Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 32/218, 240).

But if it does not distract us from our obligations or involve anything that is haraam, then there is a difference of scholarly opinion concerning the ruling. The majority of scholars (Abu Haneefah, Maalik, Ahmad and some of the companions of al-Shaafa’i) said that it is also haraam, basing that view on the evidence of the Book of Allaah and the opinions of the Sahaabah.

The evidence of the Qur’aan is the words (interpretation of the meaning):

“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), and gambling, and Al-Ansaab [stone altars set up for sacrifices to idols etc], and Al-Azlaam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytaan’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.

Shaytaan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allaah and from As-Salaah (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?”

[al-Maa’idah 5:90-91]

Al-Qurtubi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “This aayah indicates that it is haraam to play dice or chess, whether that involves gambling or not, because when Allaah forbade alcohol He explained the reason for that, which is ‘Shaytaan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allaah and from As-Salaah (the prayer).’ So every kind of game in which a little leads to a lot and stirs up enmity and hatred between those who are devoted to it and prevents them from remembering Allaah and praying, is like drinking alcohol, which implies that it must be haraam like alcohol.” (al-Jaami’ li Ahkaam al-Qur’aan, 6/291).

With regard to the views of the Sahaabah:

It was narrated that ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him) passed by some people who were playing chess. He said, “What are these images, to which you are devoted? [cf. al-Anbiya’ 21:52]” Imaam Ahmad said: “The soundest comment on chess what that which was said by ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him).”

‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked about chess and he said, “It is worse than dice.”

“Dice” refers to what is used nowadays for playing backgammon, which is played on a special table. It was narrated in the ahaadeeth that it is haraam.

Abu Dawood (4938) narrated from Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever plays dice has disobeyed Allaah and His Messenger.” (Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 4129)

Muslim (2260) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever plays dice is like one who has dipped his hand in the flesh and blood of a pig.” Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “This hadeeth is quoted as evidence by al-Shaafa’i and the majority of scholars to prove that playing dice is haraam. The phrase ‘dipped his hand in the flesh and blood of a pig’ refers to eating it, and this simile is used to show that this is haraam because it is haraam to eat that.”

What some of the scholars have said about the prohibition of chess:

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Chess is like dice in that it is forbidden.” (al-Mughni, 14/155),

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “The evil consequences of chess are greater than the evil consequences of dice. Everything that points to the prohibition of dice points to the prohibition of chess even more so… This is the view of Maalik and his companions, of Abu Haneefah and his companions, of Ahmad and his companions, and the view of the majority of the Taabi’een… It is not known that any of the Sahaabah permitted it or played it. Allaah protected them from that. Everything that is attributed to any of them and says that he played it – such as Abu Hurayrah – is a fabrication and lie against the Sahaabah and is rejected by anyone who knows how the Sahaabah really were and by anyone who has sufficient knowledge to examine the reports critically. How could the best generation and the best of mankind after the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) permit playing something that prevents people from remembering Allaah and from praying, and is worse in this regard than alcohol when the player gets immersed in it, as we see in real life? How could the Lawgiver forbid dice but permit chess, which is many times worse?…” (al-Furoosiyah, 303, 305, 311).

Al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “With regard to chess, most of the scholars say that it is haraam to play it, whether that is for money or not. If it is played for money then it is indisputably gambling. Even if it is not played for money it is still gambling and haraam, according to most of the scholars… al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about playing chess, is it forbidden or permissible? He (may Allaah have mercy on him) replied that if it makes a person miss praying on time or he plays for money, then it is haraam, otherwise it is makrooh according to al-Shaafa’i and haraam according to others…” (al-Kabaa’ir, 89-90).

For more information see Tahreem al-Nard wa’l-Shatranj wa’l-Malaahi by al-Aajurri, ed. By Muhammad Sa’eed Idrees.

And Allaah knows best. We ask Allaah to help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him, and to help us to obey Him.

May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad.
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Asiyah3
02-18-2010, 09:24 AM
Personally I might play it because it has several benefits such as developing the logical mindset, planning skills etc.. As someone mentioned it's like a brain marathon.

Of course as long as it doesn't distract from obligatory duties and it's not excessive.

However (I'm not knowledgable enough) I wouldn't want to comment whether it's halaal, makhrooh or haraam, Allah knows best. Just my personal opinion concluded from what I've read so far.
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