Is it permissible to open a video game entertainment centre and are such games permissible?

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Video entertainment games have many unIslamic factors in them. Apart from
the games having music and pictures which are prohibited, the nature of the
games offered, for example, karate, shooting, killing, racing, etc. have a
potential of raising one’s emotions, thus having far reaching negative
consequences in many aspects of ones life.
Consider the following from the Encyclopedia, 1993-1997 – Microsoft Corp.
?Critics of video games contend that children spend too much time and money
on the games and that immersion in the fantasy of video games can have
adverse effects on personality maturation. There have also been reports that
the flashing graphics can trigger seizures in people who have certain types
of epilepsy.?
Therefore, it is also not permissible to open a video game entertainment
centre and such games are not permissible to play. The income generated from
entertainment video machines will, therefore, not be permissible.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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