Pearl of Wisdom

?O Abu Dharr, gance in his heart will never smell the scent of Heaven unless he repents beforehand.' Abu Dharr asked, ?O Messenger of Allah, I am fond of beauty so much so that I wished that the handle of my cane and the lace of my sandal be beautiful. So, should I be afraid of this?' He said, 'How do you see your heart?' Abu Dharr said, 'I see it knowing the truth, and certain of it.' He (SAWA) said, 'That is not arrogance. Rather, arrogance is that you leave the truth and exceed beyond it. You look at people and you do not see their honour as being like your honour or their blood like yours.'

Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa [sawa]
Ibid. v. 77, p. 90, no. 3

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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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