Category: Psychological and Social
Fatwa#: 39289
Asked Country: South Africa

Answered Date: Oct 28,2017

Title: Supporting Sport stars and calling each other their names


As-salaamu `alaykum wa-ramatullahi wa-barakatuh.

Respectable Mufti sahib,

I am a student studying in an Islamic High School. My fellow Muslim colleagues are indulged in supporting football/basketball etc.. teams and watching their matches nightlong, acting like the players, calling each other with non muslim player names and the worst of all is next morning they discuss what happened in the match as though they were participants in the actual match claiming  that “I or My team won and You lost”.

Is their argument that one should look after his health and keep fit correct to justify their action?

Am I supposed to ignore their condition or what will Mufti sahib advice?

Salaams and duas,



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

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

May Allah reward you for your concern for our fellow muslim colleges.

Allah Ta’aala says,

وَذَكِّرْ فَإِنَّ الذِّكْرَى تَنْفَعُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

Do, however, keep advising; for advising benefits those endowed with faith. [Quran 51\55]

The harms and evil consequences of watching matches are clear.

The following attached fatwa highlights the evils in detail.

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

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


In today’s society, following professional sports and supporting a team has become an obsession and craze. For the vast majority of people, it has become a vital element of life.

In terms of Sharīah, there are many evils associated with following professional sports. The harms are exemplified to a greater degree when one passionately supports a particular team.  Some of the evils are listed below:


  • Love for one’s team: The love for one’s team becomes entrenched in the heart. This is totally against the temperament of Sharīah. The heart is created by Allāh to entertain only the love of Allāh and His Rasūl Sallallāhu Alaihi Wa Sallam. The enrooted love for one’s team deprives him from attaining the recognition and love of Allāh. The love of Qurān and everything associated with Dīn also leaves the heart.


  • Mad obsession and distraction: The love for one’s team blinds the diehard fan and supporter from everything else besides sports. Rasūlullāh Sallallāhu Alaihi Wa Sallam has stated:


حُبُّكَ الشَّيْءَ يُعْمِي وَيُصِمُّ  (سنن ابى داود، بَابٌ فِي الْهَوَى) 


The love of something blinds and deafens the lover. (Sunan Abī Dāwūd)


This is extremely detrimental and destructive to one’s Dīn. Many a times, the love of one’s team takes him away from performing Salāh and going to the Masjid, especially when one is engrossed in watching a live match. 


  • Love for players: When one supports a team, the players become his idols and heroes. He tries to imitate their lifestyle and yearns to be like them. Many a times, these players are Kuffār (disbelievers) and Fussāq (shameless sinners) involved in alcohol, drugs, and women. Imagine the effect on a person whose role-models are sinking in the disobedience of Allāh! A Muslim is one who follows the beautiful teachings of Rasūlullāh Sallallāhu Alaihi Wa Sallam and not a player whose actions invite the wrath of Allāh.


  • Nationalism: Fans develop a deep love for their national team. As a result, the fans are affected by patriotism. A type of hatred and spite is created for people of other nationalities. The media creates a patriotic atmosphere and induces malice between nations. This type of attitude is totally against Sharīah.


  • Music: The love for one’s team drives him to watch his team perform. During the game, loud music is played in support of the national team. Music is poison for the heart. It penetrates the heart and causes hypocrisy to form within.


  • Waste of time: One’s valuable and precious time is wasted in following the stats of one’s team and watching one’s team perform. Life is bestowed by Allāh Ta’ālā to utilize in recognizing and obeying Allāh Ta’ālā. There is neither worldly benefit nor religious benefit in supporting a team.


Hence, due to the above-mentioned reasons, it is not allowed for one to support a professional team.

In conclusion, a Muslim is one who develops the love of Allāh within his heart. His living and dying is only for Allāh. He does not waste his time and life in insignificant pursuits such as following professional sports and supporting a team. 


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Abdul Azīm bin Abdur Rahman,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


You should apply wisdom and diplomacy in taking your friends in your confidence an offering them advice and forwarding them the attached fatwa.


The argument presented by the students to keep themselves fit and healthy is incorrect.

There are many acceptable ways to keep oneself fit and healthy.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammed Al-Ameen Bin Moulana Ismail Akoo

Student Darul Iftaa

Newcastle; KZN, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


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