IS CHESS REALLY CONSIDERED HARAAM IN ISLAM? READ TO KNOW THE TRUTH

Trolling on Social media has no boundaries, and it spares none. It’s all funny and entertaining unless, hurting someone’s sentiments is included.

There was no stopping to the Internet trolling and the spreading of hatred post the former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif posted a picture of him and his son playing chess together.
Sharing the picture, he wrote-

Shatranj Ke Khilaadi #fatherson #kabirtales #instaplay

No sooner he posted the picture on Facebook, trolls started hitting the comment section with suggestions like Chess or Shatranj is Haraam in Islam.

Here, have a look at a few of them:

But how can a game that requires and sharpens the brain be called off or can be termed as “Haraam” in Islam right? Here’s the story that’ll make sense to everything said and done.

Post the 1979 Islamic revolution, playing chess was banned in public in Iran and was declared haraam, or forbidden, by certain senior prophets.

WHY? Because back then, the game was associated with gambling.

Yes you heard it right.

However, in 1988, Iran’s then supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, lifted the ban claiming that it was permitted as long as no gambling would be involved.

So the chess, as a game is not haraam if it doesn’t lead someone to abandon or commit a forbidden act like-

  • Not performing the prayer
  • Abandoning being respectful to parents
  • Telling a lie and false swearing
  • Involves a betting/gambling

So all in all, the game of chess might be disliked by a few in Islam for obvious reasons, but it surely isn’t considered to be “Haraam”

Amidst all the trolling for Mohammad Kaif, the only thing that hurts is people don’t even care to get their facts right before commenting on someone else’s life choices.

But the good thing is, there are still a few who’ve got their sanity and understandings maintained and know how to appreciate the things in life:

So, concluding it with a suggestion to mind your own business and get your facts straight before bringing any god damn person on the internet down.

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