Ask Any Imam: Checkmate

Q:  Is playing chess/checkers haram (forbidden)? If yes, why?

A:  Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Whosoever plays chess, it is as though he soiled his hands in the blood of swine.’ (Nasbur-Raayah Vol.4 Pg.274).  The prohibition is general. However, chess and games of its like are generally addictive and in addition to it are a complete waste of valuable time.

Allah Knows Best


About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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One Response to Ask Any Imam: Checkmate

  1. False. Chess didn’t existed in that century. Chess was created in 15 century!

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