Playing tricks with cards

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Q: I would like to know if playing card tricks just as a hobby is allowed in Islam?


A: If the cards you are referring to are bicycle cards, then generally people gamble with these cards. Gambling with these cards is haraam. If these cards are not played with the intention of gambling but merely for entertainment, then too it is not permissible to play these cards as such an entertainment has a direct resemblance with the people who gamble.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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