Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars:Forbidden Things
- 1 Qur'an
- 2 Hadith
- 2.1 Agricultural Equipment
- 2.2 Buying and Selling Goods at the Same Spot
- 2.3 Clapping by Men
- 2.4 Celibacy
- 2.5 Grave worship
- 2.6 Bending of water skins
- 2.7 Cauterization
- 2.8 Changing anything made by Muhammad
- 2.9 Combing Hair Daily
- 2.10 Crying out over Lost Things in a Mosque
- 2.11 Dates and Syrups
- 2.12 Dice
- 2.13 Difficult Questions
- 2.14 Fat and Skin of Carcasses
- 2.15 Funeral Prayers for Hypocrites
- 2.16 Forgiveness Prayers for Polytheists
- 2.17 Exposing Thighs and Looking at Exposed Thighs
- 2.18 Garlic before Prayers
- 2.19 Hot Baths
- 2.20 Killing of tied animals
- 2.21 Laughing at Farts
- 2.22 Meat of donkeys
- 2.23 Meat of Animals with Fangs
- 2.24 Milk of Animals That Eat Filth
- 2.25 Mixed-Gender Ablution
- 2.26 Onion and Leek
- 2.27 Raw fruits
- 2.28 Praying from Babylon
- 2.29 Plastering Graves
- 2.30 Praying without Belts
- 2.31 Renting Land for Farming
- 2.32 Rejecting Wedding Invitations
- 2.33 Riding on Panther Skins
- 2.34 Saffron
- 2.35 Selling excess water
- 2.36 Silk
- 2.37 Sitting in the Middle of a Circle
- 2.38 Two Marriages within Two families at the same Time
- 2.39 Travelling with the Qur'an in Enemy Territory
- 2.40 Tuft of Hair on Shaven Heads
- 2.41 Urinating in Stagnant Water
- 2.42 Useless Conversations
- 2.43 Utenils Used to Prepare Alcohol
- 2.44 Wearing one Garment and Exposing Genitals
- 2.45 Wine trade
- 2.46 Women in Funeral Processions
- 2.47 Youngsters Embracing their Wives During Ramadan
- 3 Scholars
Displaying your Beauty and Ornaments
Pork and other non-halal Foods
Gambling, Idol Worship and Worship by Arrows
Religions Other than Islam
Buying and Selling Goods at the Same Spot
Clapping by Men
Bending of water skins
Changing anything made by Muhammad
Combing Hair Daily
Crying out over Lost Things in a Mosque
Dates and Syrups
Fat and Skin of Carcasses
Funeral Prayers for Hypocrites
Forgiveness Prayers for Polytheists
Exposing Thighs and Looking at Exposed Thighs
Garlic before Prayers
Killing of tied animals
Laughing at Farts
Meat of donkeys
Meat of Animals with Fangs
Milk of Animals That Eat Filth
Onion and Leek
Praying from Babylon
Praying without Belts
Renting Land for Farming
Rejecting Wedding Invitations
Riding on Panther Skins
Selling excess water
Sitting in the Middle of a Circle
Two Marriages within Two families at the same Time
Travelling with the Qur'an in Enemy Territory
Tuft of Hair on Shaven Heads
Urinating in Stagnant Water
Utenils Used to Prepare Alcohol
Wearing one Garment and Exposing Genitals
Women in Funeral Processions
Youngsters Embracing their Wives During Ramadan
Praise be to Allah. There are previous answers dealing with acting and what is connected to it. Please see the answers to questions no. 10836 and 22442.
In the answer to question no. 14488 there is a fatwa of the Standing Committee which states that it is haraam to act the part of any of the Companions of the Prophet in movies, plays and so on.
In those answers it also says:
1.There is no difference between voice acting and acting that is seen.
2.There is no difference of opinion among the scholars that acting which involves indecency, free mixing or any haraam content or actions is haraam.
3.None of the scholars permit acting in general terms; rather they have stipulated conditions and guidelines.
4.It is not appropriate to do a great deal of permissible acting -- according to those who say that it is permissible -- even if that is for the sake of calling people to Allah.After searching a great deal, we did not find any fatwa by any of our senior scholars that speaks specifically of voice acting. What seems to be the case is that there is no difference between voice acting on the radio and acting that is seen, as it is all acting, whether the view is that it is permissible or that it is forbidden. But there is no doubt that acting that is seen is more serious in terms of fitnah and causes more corruption, because temptation caused by a living, visible image is not the same as temptation caused by a voice that is merely heard. But we are speaking of acting in and of itself, regardless of what other things may accompany it. And Allah knows best.
... Playing pool billiards in clubs is not permissible, not because the game itself is haraam, rather because these clubs involve many haraam things such as swearing, neglecting prayer and gambling, and playing in them involves keeping quiet about evil with no need to stay in these places.
As for playing this game in places where no evil things are present, there is nothing wrong with that, but that is subject to conditions, for example:
1. There should be no betting.
2. There should be no swearing, name-calling, mockery or hatred.
3. It should not lead to missing obligatory duties such as prayer, seeking knowledge, and looking after one’s family, teaching them and disciplining them.
We have mentioned above that most of the fuqaha’, including Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah, regarded chess as haraam, and that those who allowed it did so only if these conditions are met. When we think about youth and the way they play, we will see that these conditions are hardly ever met.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said concerning chess – and his words may be applied to pool billiards and other games that young people play today –:
… What is meant is that when chess distracts people from their duties, whether inwardly or outwardly, then it is haraam according to scholarly consensus. The fact that it distracts people from fulfilling their duties properly is so obvious as to need no explanation. The same applies if it distracts people from duties other than prayer, such as taking care of oneself or one’s family, or enjoining that which is good and forbidding that which is evil, or upholding the ties of kinship, or honouring one’s parents, or fulfilling one’s duties with regard to public office, etc.
It rarely happens that a person involves himself with these games and they do not distract him from some duty. It should be noted that there is scholarly consensus on the prohibition in such cases. Similarly if the game involves something that is haraam or leads to something haraam, then it is haraam according to scholarly consensus, such as if it involves lying, false oaths, cheating, or wrongdoing or helping in wrongdoing. That is haraam according to the consensus of the Muslims, even if it is in a race or contest, so how about if it is chess or dice and the like?
The same applies if it involves some other kind of evil, such as getting involved in something that may lead to immorality, or cooperating in aggression etc, or if the game attracts too many people which leads to neglecting an obligatory duty or doing something haraam. This kind of game and others like it are things that the Muslims are agreed are haraam.
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 32/218
With regard to the loser being the one who has to pay the table rent, this is a kind of gambling, which is haraam because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), and gambling, and Al-Ansaab, and Al-Azlaam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytaan’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.
Shaytaan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allaah and from As-Salaah (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?”
The basic principle is that the rental of this game – if it is free of haraam elements – should be paid by all the players. But the players agree that the loser will pay for himself and others, and the winners will not have to pay anything, this is what is called sabaq (prize money, winnings) and it is like betting on the game. This is not permissible according to sharee’ah, except where that has been narrated in a text in cases having to do with developing skills that are useful for jihad, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no sabaq except in archery, horse-racing and camel-racing.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1700; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
That applies only to archery competitions and horse and camel racing, and the scholars drew analogies to other skills that are useful in jihad. Some also allowed competitions having to do with Islamic knowledge, because that is supporting Islam, like jihad with the sword, if not more so.
The scholars of the Standing Committee were asked about playing Foosball (table soccer) and the ruling on the loser paying for the game. They said:
If the game mentioned involves images or figures for playing with and the loser pays the cost of using the game, then this is haraam for a number of reasons:
1 – This game is a kind of idle entertainment that causes the player to waste his free time and to miss neglect many of his worldly and religious interests. Playing this game may become a habit and a means that leads to worse things than that, such as forms of gambling. Everything that is like that is falsehood and is haraam according to sharee’ah.
2 – Making and keeping images and figures is a major sin, because of the saheeh ahaadeeth in which Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) warn those who do that of Hell and a painful torment.
3 – It is haraam for the loser to pay the cost of using the game, because this is extravagance and a waste of money by spending it on idle entertainment. Rental of the game is an invalid transaction and the owner’s earnings in this case are haraam and earning money by invalid means. So this is a major sin and a form of gambling, which is haraam.
Fataawa Islamiyyah, 4/439And Allaah knows best.
A:The one who looks at these games will see that they are based on mental skills and individual reactions or decisions. These games are of various types, with many aspects. Some of them take the form of illusionary battles which train a person in what to do in similar circumstances [in real life]; some are based on being alert so as to save oneself from danger; fighting enemies and destroying targets; planning; having adventures; finding the way out of a labyrinth; escaping from wild beasts; racing cars, planes, etc.; overcoming obstacles; searching for treasure. Some games increase knowledge and enhance one’s interests, such as games that involve taking things apart and putting them back together, jigsaw puzzles, building things, colouring, and shading and lighting.
The shar'i ruling: Islam does not forbid leisure or having fun in permissible ways. The basic rule concerning these games is that they are permissible so long as they do not get in the way of obligatory duties such as establishing prayer [i.e., praying properly and on time] and honouring one’s parents, and so long as they do not include anything that is haraam. There are, however, many haraam elements in these games, such as the following:
Games which depict wars between the people of this world (“good guys”) and people from the sky (“bad guys”), with all its implications of accusations against Allaah, may He be glorified, or the noble angels.
Games which involve sanctifying the cross or passing over or by it to gain strength, to bring one back to life or the give the player extra “lives” and so on. Also, games which are used for designing birthday cards as in Christian culture are also forbidden.
Games which approve of witchcraft/magic, and which glorify witches/magicians/sorcerers, etc.
Games which are based on hatred of Islam and Muslims, like the game in which a player gets 100 points if he hits Makkah, 50 points if he hits Baghdaad, and so on.
Games that glorify the kuffaar and show pride in belonging to them, like games in which if a player chooses an army belonging to a kaafir state he becomes strong, and if he chooses an army belonging to an Arab state he becomes weak. Also, games which teach a child to admire kaafir sports clubs and the names of kaafir players.
Games that include depictions of nudity, and some games that allow the winner to see a pornographic picture; games that corrupt morals, such as games where the idea is to run away with a girlfriend from the bad guys or a dragon.
Games based on ideas of gambling.
Music and other things that are known to be forbidden in Islam.
Physical harm, such as damage to the eyes and nervous system; harmful effects of game sounds on the ears. Modern studies have shown that these games may be addictive and harmful to the nervous system, as well as causing stress and nervous tension in children.
Making children get used to violence and criminality, and teaching them to take killing and murder lightly, as in the famous “Doom” game.
Corrupting children’s sense of reality by teaching them about a world of illusions and impossible things, such as coming back from the dead, supernatural powers that do not really exist, images of space aliens, and so on.
We have gone into details about some of the ideological dangers and things that are prohibited by Islam because many fathers and mothers do not pay attention to these things, and they bring these games for their children and let them play with them.
We should also point out that it is not permissible to compete for prizes in playing these electronic games, even if the game itself is permissible, because they are not a means of jihaad, and they do not help you develop strength for jihaad.
A: Praise be to Allaah.
The Christmas tree is one of the symbols of the Christian festival and celebration; this is why it is named for Christmas. It is said that it was first officially used as a symbol in this manner in the sixteenth century in Germany, in the Cathedral of Strasbourg in 1539 CE.
It is not permissible to imitate the kuffaar in any of their acts of worship, rituals or symbols, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4031; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 5/109
So it is not permissible to put up this tree in a Muslim house even if you do not celebrate Christmas, because putting up this tree comes under the heading of imitating others that is haraam, or venerating and showing respect to a religious symbol of the kuffaar. What the parents must do is protect their children and keep them away from what is haraam, and protect them from the Fire as Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning)”
“O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allaah, but do that which they are commanded”
It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. The ruler of the people is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. A man is the shepherd of his household and is responsible for his flock. A woman is the shepherd of her husband’s house and children and is responsible for her flock. The slave is the shepherd of his master’s wealth and is responsible for it. Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock.”
Al-Bukhaari, 7138; Muslim, 1829.
Al-Bukhaari (7151) and Muslim (142) also narrated that Ma ‘qil ibn Yasaar al-Muzani (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “There is no person whom Allaah puts in charge of others, and when he dies he is insincere to his subjects, but Allaah will forbid Paradise to him.”
You should explain to your daughter that it is haraam to imitate the disbelievers and that it is obligatory to differ from those who are doomed to Hell and to dislike what they venerate of clothing, symbols or rituals, so as to develop respect for her own religion and adhere to it, practising the principle of loyalty and friendship as opposed to disavowal and enmity (al-wala’ wa’l-bara’) which is one of the cornerstones of Tawheed and one of the basic principles of faith.And Allah knows best.