Chess - Is it Permitted in Islam?
  • Question:

    Is it permissible to play chess in Islam?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Playing chess is permissible but prohibitively disliked. It is forbidden to play chess if it entails any of the following:

    • Gambling is involved
    • Common responsibilities or Islamic obligations such as ritual prayer are violated
    • Playing is so excessive that it becomes an addiction

    The many narrations that prohibit the play of chess are generally due to the playing which entails the above mentioned. (See: Mukhtaṣar al Qudūrī & Tuḥfat al Fatāwa)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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