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Is It HARAM To Watch And Play Cricket, in ISLAM


Is cricket watching and playing is haram.
Your quick response will highly appreciated.
Jazak Allah


Islam guides that the absolutely most expensive commodity one has been blessed with and will be held accountable for is the time one has been allocated with in the short and transient life of this world, as a test and trial from their Lord.

Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2:
He (Allah) created death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 51 Surah Dhariyat verse 56:
I have not created the jinn and men except for this that they should worship Me alone.

The guidance of Islam encourages those who have professed belief to utilize this allocated time in doing good wholesome deeds either for oneself or for ones fellow mankind;

deeds which will profit oneself or others spiritually, physically, materially, or even mentally so that one may further strive towards success and salvation in the test period of this short and transient life.

Islam absolutely discourages the believers from wasting their precious and allocated time in doing useless and worthless deeds; deeds which will bring absolutely no profit to themselves or others, either in this world or the Hereafter!

All such useless and worthless deeds which bring absolutely no gain or benefit to one in this world or the Hereafter, nor furthers ones cause towards salvation and success are prohibited for the believers who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day.

Islam guides that just as a student in an exam utilizes his time to make sure he scores the maximum he can in his results,

the precious time allocated by the Lord to each individual in the short and transitory life of this world as a test must be utilized to further ones cause of existence rather than wasted on worthless deeds and acts.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 70 Surah Mairaj verses 42-44:

Therefore, leave them engrossed in their vain talk and play, until they encounter that Day of theirs which they are being promised; when they shall be rushing out of their graves as though they are racing towards the shrines of their deities. Their eyes shall be downcast and abasement shall be covering them. That is the Day they are being promised.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anam verse 32:

This worldly life is but a sport and an amusement. In fact, the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who desire to be safe from harm. Will you not, then, use your common sense?

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 43 Surah Zukhruf verse 83:

Well, let them remain absorbed in their falsehoods and sports, till they see that Day of theirs with which they are being threatened.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verses 50-51:

(On the Day of Judgement) The inmates of Hell will cry out to the people of Paradise: Pour upon us a little water or throw down a bit of the provisions Allah has bestowed upon you. 

The people of Paradise will reply, Allah has forbidden both these things to the disbelievers, who had made their religion a sport and a pastime, and who had been deluded by the worldly life. 

Then Allah will say, Today We will forget them just as they forgot the meeting of this Day, and rejected Our Revelations.

Beloved brother, the deen of Islam does allow some level of amusement or entertainment which are good and wholesome like spending quality time with family and friends, or some sport which benefits one physically, etc.;

thus there is no harm if one occasionally plays or watches cricket or any other sport; but if one were to play or watch sport for hours on end, where prayer times come and go and one is negligent of their prayers and the remembrance of Allah.indeed such wastage of the precious commodity of time is severely discouraged in Islam.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

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The Muslim community here in Panama in Central America is mainly from India; you should know that Indians love cricket. In recent months several “Muftis” from India have came here and they say that cricket is forbidden in Islam because of gambling.

Here we have our local tournament but without any kind of gambling; all the clubs have parties but without any alcoholic drinks and we don’t have any type of gambling and women are not allowed to go to cricket matches or clubs parties and activities.

The muftis who came here, made this statement (that cricket is forbidden in Islam) because of mainly international matches include gambling and offenses to the women in those matches. I will like to receive and know your thoughts about this issue.


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

The game (cricket) itself does not include any prohibitions of Sharia. Therefore, participating in it is permitted as long as it does not have within any forbidden matter.

On the other hand, it becomes forbidden if it includes any prohibition of Sharia such as gambling, mixing with opposite sex, using intoxicants, wasting time, neglecting prayers or other obligations, etc.
Allah knows best.

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