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“Whoever plays chess has committed shirk”

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

من لعب بالشطرنج فقد قارف شركا

 

Answer

This narration appears in Musnadul Firdaws. However, the chain consists of a fabricator. ‘Allamah Suyuti (rahimahullah) has therefore included this narration in his book on fabricated Hadiths.

(Dhaylul La-Alil Masnu’ah, vol. 2 pg. 689 and Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 234)

 

The narration is not suitable to quote.

 

Translation

Whoever plays chess has committed shirk.

 

Note: I have merely answered your question regarding the authenticity of the Hadith in question. This should therefore not be viewed as a Fiqh ruling. The Fuqaha who were of the opinion that chess is reprehensible have provided alternate proofs. Kindly contact a Mufti/Darul Ifta for further clarification.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar