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As far as I am aware, we should not play games with betting.

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I am sorry to disturb you again, I am not very aware of many Hadiths but just want to check the authenticity of this Hadith regarding Chess. As far as I am aware, we should not play games with betting.Is it mentioned like playing Chess or like playing games with bets. Clarification is appreciated.

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Mohammed Sadat


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Gambling and chess

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Sahih Muslim Hadith 5612 Narrated by Buraydah ibn al-Hasib

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine.


Islam guides that the absolutely most expensive commodity one has been blessed with and will be held accountable for is the time one has been allocated with in the short and transient life of this world, as a test and trial from their Lord.


Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2:

He (Allah) created death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 51 Surah Dhariyat verse 56:

I have not created the jinn and men except for this that they should worship Me alone.


The guidance of Islam encourages those who have professed belief to utilize this allocated time in doing good wholesome deeds either for oneself or for ones fellow mankind; deeds which will profit oneself or others spiritually, physically, materially, or even mentally so that the one may further strive towards success and salvation in the test period of this short and transient life.


Islam absolutely discourages the believers from wasting their precious and allocated time in doing useless and worthless deeds; deeds which will bring absolutely no profit to themselves or others, either in this world or the Hereafter! All such useless and worthless deeds which bring absolutely no gain or benefit to one in this world or the Hereafter, nor furthers ones cause towards salvation and success are prohibited for the believers who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day.


Islam guides that just as a student in an exam utilizes his time to make sure he scores the maximum he can in his results, the precious time allocated by the Lord to each individual in the short and transitory life of this world as a test must be utilized to further ones cause of existence rather than wasted on worthless deeds and acts.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 70 Surah Mairaj verses 42-44:

Therefore, leave them engrossed in their vain talk and play, until they encounter that Day of theirs which they are being promised; when they shall be rushing out of their graves as though they are racing towards the shrines of their deities. Their eyes shall be downcast and abasement shall be covering them. That is the Day they are being promised.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anam verse 32:

This worldly life is but a sport and an amusement. In fact, the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who desire to be safe from harm. Will you not, then, use your common sense?


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 43 Surah Zukhruf verse 83:

Well, let them remain absorbed in their falsehoods and sports, till they see that Day of theirs with which they are being threatened.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verses 50-51:

(On the Day of Judgement) The inmates of Hell will cry out to the people of Paradise: Pour upon us a little water or throw down a bit of the provisions Allah has bestowed upon you. The people of Paradise will reply, Allah has forbidden both these things to the disbelievers, who had made their religion a sport and a pastime, and who had been deluded by the worldly life. Then Allah will say, Today We will forget them just as they forgot the meeting of this Day, and rejected Our Revelations.


Beloved brother, the deen of Islam does allow some level of amusement or entertainment which are good and wholesome like spending quality time with family and friends, or some sport which benefits one physically, etc.; but to waste a commodity as precious and invaluable as time on useless and worthless deeds which bring absolutely no benefit to oneself or others is absolutely discouraged in Islam.


Thus even though useless and worthless games like chess, backgammon, or games which involve dice are mentioned by name as discouraged and prohibited; the truth is that all such acts which bring oneself or others absolutely no benefit except killing or wasting time are discouraged in Islam.


Al-Muwatta Hadith 52.7

Yahya said that he heard Malik say, "There is no good in chess, and he (the Messenger of Allah (saws)) disapproved of it." Yahya said, "I heard him disapprove of playing it and other worthless games. He recited this ayat, 'What is there after the truth except going the wrong way.' " (Sura l0 verse 32).


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4920 Narrated by AbuMusa al-Ash'ari

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: He who plays backgammon disobeys Allah and His Messenger (saws).


Al-Muwatta Hadith 52.6

Yahya related from Malik from Musa ibn Maysara from Said ibn Abi Hind from Abu Musa al-Ashari that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Whoever plays games of dice has disobeyed Allah and His Messenger."


Your Question: As far as I am aware, we should not play games with betting. Is it mentioned like playing Chess or like playing games with bets. Clarification is appreciated.

Useless games like Chess, Backgammon, and games of dice are indeed mentioned by name in the authentic and established traditions of the Messenger of Allah (saws) as absolutely forbidden for the believers.


As regards bets or betting, that is a completely distinct and different subjectfor that then would be the abomination and heinous sin of gambling; something which is categorically forbidden by Allah Subhanah and His Messenger (saws) in Islam!


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 90-91:

90 O ye who believe! Intoxicants, and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination of Satan's handiwork: eschew such (abomination) that ye may prosper.

91 Shaytaan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants and gambling and hinder you from the Remembrance of Allah and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3653 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr

The Prophet (saws) said, "An undutiful son, a gambler, one who casts up what he has given, and one who is addicted to wine will not enter Paradise."


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,




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