Meaning of the word Qinnin


I would like to know the meaning of the word ‘Qinnin’, which is forbidden in a Hadith. Does this word have anything to do with gambling?



This Hadith is recorded in Musnad Ahmad, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah and other Hadith sources wherein Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) prohibited certain items.

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 2 pg. 165, pg. 167, pg. 172, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 24556)


Qinnin (الْقِنِّينَ), one of the prohibited items mentioned in this Hadith refers to a sport/game played by the Romans through which they would gamble. Some commentators have mentioned it refers to a drum/lute.

(Refer: An Nihayah Fi Gharibil Hadith, vol. 2 pg. 496. Also see: Footnotes of Shaykh ‘Awwamah hafizahullah on Musannaf, Hadith: 24556)


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