Playing chess and ludo

Q: Is it allowed to play chess ludu etc with the wife?

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A: Chess is not permissible. Ludo though not haraam, but it is something to be gradually left out.

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

وعن علي رضي الله عنه أنه كان يقول الشطرنج هو ميسر الأعاجم (مشكاة # 4510)

وعن ابن شهاب أن أبا موسى الأشعري قال لا يلعب بالشطرنج إلا خاطئ (مشكاة # 4511)

وعنه أن سئل عن لعب الشطرنج فقال هي من الباطل ولا يحب الله الباطل (مشكاة # 4512)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)


Q: You have written in the answer to one question that the game of ludo is not haraam though one should not do it. Whereas I heard that Rasul Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said that ,”Whoever plays with dice, it is as if he dipped his hand in the flesh and blood of a pig.” I am a bit confused. Please explain.

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A: The exact Hadith you are referring to is reported in Abu Dawood Shareef. The translation is as follows: Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, The one who plays with backgammon, as though he has immersed his hands the the meat of a swine and it’s blood.
A detailed discussion appears in Awjazul Masaalik 17/162 on this subject. You may refer to it.
 
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

 

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)