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What is the ruling on playing chess?

Answered by Sidi Mostafa Azzam

What is the ruling on playing chess?

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

As Imam Nawawi mentions in his Minhaj al-Talibin, playing chess is detestable (makruh) (al-Siraj al-Wahhaj, 580 (Dar al-Kutub al-`Ilmiyyah)), meaning that you are not punished for doing it and you are rewarded for avoiding it.

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