World Cup and Islam.

Sports and games both synonymously convey the same meaning, have always attracted huge crowds. Amid all action, the ongoing Cricket World Cup is currently under the spotlight. Stadia are packed to the rafters with spectators and especially the sub continent rakes in most passionate followers. Numerous eyes are glued to television sets to witness the games with maximum excitement.                                                                                                                              

Islam is a religion which prohibits detrimental entertainment. It believes that most entertainment negates the real purpose of a Muslim life, as ALLAH SWT mentions in holy Quran “And I (ALLAH) did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship ME” [Dhāriyāt 51:56]. Anything which diverts an individual from the remembrance of his Creator amounts to lahw. Entertainment is greatly responsible for this. Prophet PBUH said, “Everything devoid of the remembrance of ALLAH SWT is Lahw save four actions;

Walking between two targets (while practicing archery),

Training or disciplining of one’s horse,

Amusing oneself with the company of one’s wife,

Learning of the art of swimming.” (Targheeb WaTarheeb)

Now the moot question arises is that; whether playing a game or a sport is lawful or unlawful? Majority of Islamic scholars respond to this question as playing sports is Wajib (obligatory), Mustahabb (recommended) Mubah (permissible), Makruh (abominable) and Haraam (prohibited) in varied circumstances. The relevance of this can be explained as participating in sports is Wajib on the part of soldiers who must rigidly train themselves for jihad in the cause of ALLAH. It is Mustahabb on the part of those who wish to strengthen their physical abilities to better perform worship. Moreover, it is permissible with regard to those who indulge in sports for entertainment. In addition, it is Makruh if it results in undesirable waste of time although does not lead to missing fundamental acts of worship. Finally, it is Haram when it involves omission of obligatory prayers; if practiced by women watched by men or vice versa; wearing of tight clothes that bulge private parts such as swimming costume, gymnastic suit or wrestling attire etcetera. Likewise, it is Haram if accompanied by betting or gambling.

Narrated by ‘Aisha RA: “I used to play with the dolls in the presence of the Prophet, and my girl friends also used to play with me. When ALLAH’s apostle used to enter (my dwelling place) they used to hide themselves, but the Prophet would call them to join and play with me.” [Bukhari]

In a lengthy hadith narrated by `Uqbah ibn Aamir RA, Prophet PBUH is reported to have said, ‘Every Lahw (amusements, pastimes, games, etc.) a man involves himself in is in vain except practice of archery with his bow, teaching (breaking, training, etc.) his horse and playing with his wife. (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Abu Dawud)

In the back drop of a sports most individuals involve themselves in betting rackets which is completely Haraam and forbidden in Islam. Islam disallows any game which involves betting or has an element of gambling into it. ALLAH SWT warns in the Holy Quran, “O ye who believe! Strong drink and games of chance and idols and divining arrows are only an infamy of Satan’s handiwork. Leave it aside in order that ye may succeed.”[Maidah 5:90]. Prophet said, “He who says to his friend, ‘Come, let us “gamble,’ must give charity. (Bukhari)

Another grave sin that people commit when they are engrossed in games is deferring Salat or omitting completely. ALLAH SWT said, “Then woe to the worshipers who are neglectful of their prayers,” [Al Maaun 107:4-5]

A humble request to fellow Muslims to abstain from sports which encourage Haram. Entertain yourself such that your enjoyment is best for you in this life and everlasting hereafter.

Let us not forget to pray for Muslims who are gravely suffering by the autocratic regimes all over the world especially in the West Asian Region.

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7 thoughts on “World Cup and Islam.

  1. WHEN FOOTBALL WORLD CUP GOING ON WHERE ARE YOU AT THAT TIME WHY THE SCHOLARS OF SAUDI ARABIA NOT RAISE QUESTION IT IS ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH WATCHING ANY GAME IS NOT PROHIBITED THERE IS LIMIT FOR EVERYTHING CRICKET IS SPORT IT IS NOT HARMING ISLAM DEPEND UPON INDIVIDUALIF HE IS IGNORING SALAH BY WATCHING CRICKET THAT IS WRONG BUT PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT WATCHING ALSO IGNORE SALAH DO EVERYTHING IN LIMIT DONT PASS FATWAS WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE

    1. As salaamuvailikum
      Yes brother you are right that people who dont watch and ignore salat that also amounts to highest sin. The tendency of an individual leaving salat is more during watching a game or any other entertainment (football) which is wrong. Moreover the script is not a Fatwa. It is just the collection of Quranic verses and Ahadith of beloved Prophet in that regard.

  2. As salaamuvailikum,
    Yes, I agree with your posting. It is correct what you wrote thanks for your reminding.
    But most of the people cannot understand it, why because they think watching sports is not wrong ( as I think ). If you see from other side there is no benfits for duniya or akhirat by watching it. It is 100% for only our enjoyment or entertainment. And this sports are not only games they are big business, they make you so edict of it that you do nothing except watching it and there are number of games through out the year.
    My dear brother’s Sohaib shaikh is not telling any thing wrong he say only not to waste our precious time. If a person is not praying salah and some one says him to pray. We cannot reply him that first go to Makkah and tell all to pray there then I will pray Salah (Namaz). It is our wish and our choice as we have to reply Allah. I am sorry if I have hurt any ones feeling.

  3. Asalaam u alaikum Sheikh
    I totally agree the meaning of our existence is to worship and commit to everything towards our creator. My belief, others may disagree, is that this is a harmless and healthy entertainment ( without missing salat) other than watching movies and sitting and gossiping. Entertainment within their limits is no harm. And if some are surpassing their limits, thats why we exist as a community, to guide them back and control each other, without putting vehament restraints. Every human needs some simple, non violent, healthy and decent entertainment without forgetting salat.
    Your idea of strictly restricting anyone from getting indulged in such entertainment is not possible. Watching a cricket match does not prevent you from uttering Allah’s name in your heart is. i think not bad.
    Sorry if I had offended you in any ways.

    1. Wailikum as salaam.
      Yes i do agree with what you said. The intent of this write up is to educate the masses who cross the limits. Those who watch the game within the purview of the said Islamic law then it is not at all harmful. The youth of today doesnt understand this point. Moreover Our people are also involved in the betting rackets where people loose there hard earned money in haraam.

      Regards
      SHOAIB

  4. Assalamualaikum
    I perfectly aggree with Shoib bhai. Though I also watch cricket, I myself understand where & when I am going wrong, it is when I offer my salat but my mind is still lingering in the match, then I think we should first consolidate our mind so that none of our dini activities are effected, not only in quantity but also in quality.

  5. Thanks for forwarding me this link. this is the first time i opened ur mail and found it very useful. looking forward for more articles like this.
    JazakAllah Khair

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