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Question: Are sleight of hand tricks permissible to perform and watch?


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Sleight of hand is not magic and therefore counts as normal entertainment. One-off performances are okay, but one should not get too busy by them.

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘Anything that a Muslim man busies himself is false besides shooting his bow, training his horse, and fooling around with his family. These indeed of the truth’ (Ahmad and Tirmidhi).

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I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language

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