Is Playing Chess Questionable in Islam?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


Is it permissible to play chess in Islam?


Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ 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 Allāh Knows Best


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