Pearl of Wisdom

'I have been given five things that no prophet before me was given: I was sent to the white, black and red; the earth has been made pure for me and a place for prostration; I have been made victorious with awe; and spoils were permitted for me when they were not permitted to any before me [or to any prophet before me]; and I have been given the collection of wise words [the Qur'an].'

Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa [sawa]
Amali al-Tusi, p. 484, no. 1059

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Question : #139 Category: Miscellaneous
Subject: playing chess in Islam, Sistani
Question: Could you provide an explanation or the basis of the absolute prohibition of playing chess, according to Sayyed Sistani?
Answer: There are many traditions that most likely prompted Sayyid Sistani to rule that chess is forbidden. One example of such a tradition is:


Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.), is reported to have told Abu Basir:
“It is Harām to sell chess. It is Harām to spend the income of this sale. To keep chess (board and pieces) in ones possession is tantamount to kufr (disbelief). To play chess is equal to ascribing partners to Allah. It is a sin even to salute one who plays chess. One who touches it in order to play it, it is, as if he has contaminated his hands by touching pork.”
(Wasa’il ul-Shia. Chapter on Business Transactions)

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