Category:
Fatwa#: 39135
Asked Country: Indonesia

Answered Date: Oct 16,2017

Title: Developing and marketing an Educational game

Question

Assalaamu 'Alaikum.


I'm a game developer, and i had a plan to sell my game. I've read your fatwaa regarding computer game which one is halal and which one is haram. But i've still got questions about it.


My game is an education real time strategy games that teach and train user in math, physics, chemistry, ecology, and business management. It contains problems to be solved on other to make the users understand the concept in science such as calculus, mechanical engineering, etc. In my game there will be some fictional places (levels) and units (building, trucks, train, heavy equipment), but the unit like building factory, farm, transportation, plantation will be imitating those what we saw in real life.

There are no music, or living things like animals, human, fantasy creature in my project. I'm trying to avoid any prohibited aspect from islamic teaching in my project.


My Question are:- Is this type of game permissible for me to sell? if not please give me advice to makes it halal.


- Is it permissible to sell Education games that contains fictional but based on reality places like arbitrary farm, city, lakes, ocean, etc?considering that the purpose is to train the user to calculate the solution of problems based on as much conditions possible.


- Is it considered helping other in sin when i sell my products to Steam, Amazon Appstore, Google PlayStore, Apple Appstore?

-Can you give me a concrete examples of what type of educational video games that is halaal for muslims developer to sell? For examples like Cities Skylines, Sudoku, Transport Tycoon, Railroad Tycoon. Those are examples of games that i think halal because it is educational, no music (or even if there is, the music can still be turned off), no living things creation like human, animal, fantasy creatures etc. But i still want to know your opinion.


Jazak Allahu Khairan Kaseera.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is pleasing to note that you have read our previous fatwas on computer games and what is prohibited in computer games.

The educational computer game developed by you which excludes music and animate pictures[1] is permissible. [2] You may sell your product on the various on line sale facilities. We are not acquainted with the other video games you refer to cities, skylines etc.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Aboobakr Siddeeq bin Mufti Amjad Mohammad

Student Darul Iftaa 

Azaadville, JHB, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



[1]

أحكام القرآن – (201-202 / 3)

إذا علم بالتجربة أنه لا يفضي إلى ألإلهاء ولا يتضمن معصية، وإلا فهو داخل في المحرمات.

أحكام القرآن – (196 / 3)

وحاصل الكلام ان ترويح القلب وتفريحه وكذا تمرين البدن من الاتفاقات المباحة والمصالح البشرية لا تمنعها الشريعة السمحة برأسها.

 

[2]

أحكام القرآن – (201 / 3)

ان اللهو علي أنواع: لهو مجرد ، ولهو فيه نفع وفائدة ولكن ورد الشرع بالنهي عنه ، ولهو فيه فائدة ولم يرد في الشرع نهي صريح عنه ، ولكنه ثبت بالتجربة أنه يكون ضرره أعظم من نفعه ملتحق بالمنهي عنه ، ولهو فيه فائدة ولم يرد الشرع بتحريمه ولم يغلب علي نفعه ضرره ولكن يشتغل فيه بقصد التلهي ، ولهو فيه فائدة مقصودة ولم يرد الشرع بتحريمه وليس فيه مفسدة دينية واشتغل به علي غرض صحيح لتحصيل الفائدة المطلوبة لا

بقصد التلهي . فهذه خمسة أنواع لا جائز فيها إلا الأخير الخامس

أحكام القرآن – (201 / 3)

وأما ما لم يرد فيه النهي عن الشرع، وفائدة ومصلحة للناس فهو بالنظر الفقهي على نوعين:

الأول : ................

والثاني : ما ليس كذلك، فهو أيضا إن إشتغل به بنية التلهي والتلاعب فهو مكروه، وإن إشتغل به لتحصيل تلك المنفعة وبنية استجلاب المصلحة فهو مباح، بل قد يرتقى إلى درجة الاستحباب أو أعظم منه.

فتاویٰ دار العلوم زکرییا – (640 / 7)

ویڈیو گیم جن میں جاندار کی تصویر نہ ہوں بلکہ بجان اشیاء کی تصاویرسے کھیل کھیلا جاوے.... یا جاندار کی تصویر ہو مگر وہ اس قدر چھوٹی اور غیر واضح ہو کہ انھیں تصویر نہ کہا جاسکیں، مثلا: اس میں آنکھ ، کن، ناک، اور منہ وغیرہ واضح نہ ہوں بلکہ صرف خاکہ کی شکل ہو تو ان دونوں صورتوں میں وقتی تفریح طبع یا ذھن کی تیزی اور حاضر دماغی کے لئے یہ کھیل اگر ماقبل میں ذکر کردہ شرائط کے ساتھ کھیلا جاۓ تو درست ہے

 

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