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speaking to his son Imam Hasan (AS), said, 'Do not blame a person who tries to seek his ration, for he who does not have a ration, his mistakes increase. O son, a poor person is humiliated, his words are not heard, and his status is not recognized. If a poor person speaks the truth, they call him a liar, and if he is an ascetic, they call him ignorant. O son, those who are tried with poverty are tested in four things: weakness in their certainty, deficiency in their intellect, fragility in their devotion, and lack of shame on their face. So, we seek refuge in Allah from poverty.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Jdmi'al-Akhbar, p. 300, no. 818

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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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