Monday 17 May 2021
Books – Muhammad Qadus:
What is the ruling on playing backgammon and is making it forbidden or permissible? .. A question received by Sheikh Ahmed Mamdouh, the Secretary of the Fatwa at the Egyptian Dar Al Iftaa, confirmed in his answer that the table in which he plays with dice and dice is dice, so here scholars differed on the ruling on playing with dice. Absolutely playing with it, and this is evident from some authentic hadiths mentioned, “Whoever plays with dice has disobeyed God and His Messenger.”
Mamdouh added, through a video published by Dar Al Iftaa on its YouTube channel, that some scholars from the predecessor, including Saeed bin Al-Musayyib, believe that playing with dice is forbidden if it is accompanied by gambling, or wastes an imposed prayer, and that it is not accompanied by obscene and insulting words.
Mamdouh explained that the Shafi’is had said this in the game of chess, so they said that it is permissible to play chess with conditions, indicating that based on the words of Saeed bin Al-Musayyib and other jurists, who did not forbid the game of dice at all, so this is how playing with the table is permissible to play with this doctrine, indicating To the table-making is also not prohibited.
And the Secretary of the Fatwa pointed out that any game that has dice, such as ladder, snake and bank of fortune, as long as there is no gambling, then playing it is legally permissible.
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