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Watching sports players with rainbow coloured laces


Nasihah (Advice): A stern warning against the act of homosexuality


Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas radiyallahu anhuma reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: ‘…Allah’s curse be upon those who do the action of the people of Lut (homosexuality).’ [Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) repeated this curse thrice]. (Sahih Ibn Hibban, Hadith: 4417)




Question and Answer:


  1. Recently, sports associations have encouraged players to wear rainbow shoe-laces to support LGBTQ+.


What will be the ruling on watching these players? Will a viewer be a sympathiser of this evil act since he is sympathising with sympathisers?


(Question published as received)


  1. The mere viewing of players wearing these laces will not be considered to be sympathising with the LGBTQ+ agenda. The two are not intrinsically linked to each other and are separate aspects.


Nonetheless, the watching of sport as a whole must be avoided. The evils associated with sports entertainment and the agendas connected to them are harmful to a person’s Aakhirah (Hereafter).


While there is physical benefit in playing sports, any benefit there is in watching sports entertainment is relatively insignificant when compared to its spiritual harms.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Mufti Moosa Salie


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


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