“Whoever plays chess has committed shirk”

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Is this Hadith authentic?

من لعب بالشطرنج فقد قارف شركا



This narration appears in Musnadul Firdaws. However, the chain consists of a fabricator. ‘Allamah Suyuti (rahimahullah) has therefore included this narration in his book on fabricated Hadiths.

(Dhaylul La-Alil Masnu’ah, vol. 2 pg. 689 and Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 234)


The narration is not suitable to quote.



Whoever plays chess has committed shirk.


Note: I have merely answered your question regarding the authenticity of the Hadith in question. This should therefore not be viewed as a Fiqh ruling. The Fuqaha who were of the opinion that chess is reprehensible have provided alternate proofs. Kindly contact a Mufti/Darul Ifta for further clarification.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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