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Is it permissible to play board games?

Question:
 

Is it permissible to play board games?
 

Answer:
 

It will be permissible with the provision that the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The activity should not contain any Haraam elements. (e.g. Gambling)
  • The entertainment/activity should not distract one from the Sunan Mu’akkadah Ibadah and obligatory duties. (e.g. Salah, obedience to parents, attending to ones chores).
  • The activity (games or entertainment) should not cause one to become unmindful and inconsiderate to others. (e.g. using abusive language, belittling others etc).
  • It should not have a negative impact on one’s daily responsibilities.
  • The entertainment/game should not be of such a nature that one becomes obsessed with it nor should there be over indulgence.
  • There should be no extravagance or imitation of the salient features of the Kuffaar.

(Adapted from: Ahkaamut Tarfeeh wal Al’aab)
 

And Allah knows best
 

Suhail Tarmahomed (Mufti)
 

Checked and Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Fatwa Department

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