Is playing cards permissible?

Fatwa ID: 03191

Answered by: Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah​

Question:

What do the scholars say about friends playing Cards eg Traditional cards eg Ace, four of spades etc but without money involved? Is it permissible or not

Answer:

In The Name Of Allah, The Most-Merciful, The Most Kind

       

If the playing of cards includes betting and gambling then it will be totally haram.

Gambling is unlawful and haram in Islam. Allah (SWA) in the Holy Qur’an has said, “O you who believe! Intoxicants, gambling, al-ansaab (stone altars for sacrifice to false gods), and al-azlaam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytaan’s handiwork. So avoid that in order that you may be successful.” (Surah Maaidah v.90)

However, if it does not involve betting or gambling then it will still be Makruh and disliked as it is a waste of time and something completely devoid of worldly benefit. (Raddul Muhtar p.565 v.9)

 

Only Allah Knows Best

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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