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World Cup is against Islam: Scholar

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With the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, users of social media were exasperated by a fatwa (religious edict) describing the event as haram (against Islam).

An Egyptian scholar appeared in a video clip circulated on social media to announce that soccer matches are haram. He claimed that they distract people from observing their religious duties. He said that watching the games was “catastrophic”.


Posted by on June 27, 2014. Filed under Africa,Egypt,Football,Sports,World Cup 2014. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

4 Responses to World Cup is against Islam: Scholar

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    June 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Some of these ‘fatwas’ are later on found out to be hoaxes, just being put on the social media to discredit Muslims. Not sure if this one belongs to that category.

  2. fathudin

    July 6, 2014 at 5:11 am

    i dont think soccer is haraam but ALLAH aza wajala knows the best and more.

  3. Ahmed Qureshi

    July 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

    watching a game of course not haram but wasting valuable time or missing prayers is not allowed in any case.

  4. Ghulam Sarwar

    July 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

    These games are described in the Quran as “L’aw wa la’ab” i.e. sport and pastime:
    6:33, And worldly life is nothing but a sport and a pastime. And surely the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who are righteous. Will you not then understand?]
    Sport may not be bad to the point of being Haraam. Every Haraam is described in the Quran. The Quran tells us that there are many good things to do which are better for the believers for the abode of the hereafter.

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