Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings (Fiqh)
Fatwa#: 39586
Asked Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Answered Date: Feb 22,2018

Title: Will playing this game constitute shirk?

Question

Assalamu alaykum, First I want to thank you for the work you are doing, may Allah reward you with his greatest reward. My question is following: I want to know am I commiting shirk, if I use games, programs or watch movies that in themselves contain soundtracks which have text or songs with text like (‘feel like god’ (the singer(he or she))). Am I commiting shirk with using those games, programs or watching those movies? Is it enough to turn off those specific songs and keep using the above mentioned (games or programs)? If those games, programs or movies are on my computer, and they contain such songs, am I commiting shirk by using those games or programs? I should mention, that I suspect it could be a waswas so I need the answer. Thank you. Assalamu alaykum!

Answer

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

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

At the outset, it is not permissible to play games and watch movies. All that falls in the category of lahwa [1] (futile activities) which is expressly prohibited in the Quran.

 

وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا أُولَئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُهِينٌ

 

“And from among the people, there is he who buys the distracting amusement of things, so that he, being devoid of knowledge, may mislead (people) from the Way of Allah and make a mockery of it. Such people are the ones for whom there is a disgraceful punishment” (36:6)

 

Furthermore, music is also haram. The words of kufr and shirk compound the sin[2] . A Muslim ought to be sensitive to his Iman and avoid all avenues of kufr and shirk.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

 



[1]

الاختيار لتعليل المختار (4/ 177)

اسْتِمَاعَ اللَّهْوِ حَرَامٌ

 

التفسير المظهري (7/ 248)

- قالت الفقهاء الغناء حرام بهذه الاية لكونه لهو الحديث وبما ذكرنا من الأحاديث

 

[2]

البحر الرائق شرح كنز الدقائق ومنحة الخالق وتكملة الطوري (5/ 129)

يكفر إذا وصف الله تعالى بما لا يليق به أو سخر باسم من أسمائه أو بأمر من أوامره وأنكر وعده أو وعيده أو جعل له شريكا أو ولدا أو زوجة أو نسبه إلى الجهل أو العجز أو النقص

 

الفتاوى الهندية - ط. دار الفكر (2/ 258)

يكفر إذا وصف الله تعالى بما لا يليق به أو سخر باسم من أسمائه أو بأمر من أوامره أو نكر وعده ووعيده أو جعل له شريكا أو ولدا أو زوجة أو نسبه إلى الجهل أو العجز أو النقص

 

مجمع الأنهر في شرح ملتقى الأبحر (1/ 690)

(ثُمَّ إنَّ أَلْفَاظَ الْكُفْرِ أَنْوَاعٌ) (الْأَوَّلُ فِيمَا يَتَعَلَّقُ بِاَللَّهِ تَعَالَى) إذَا وَصَفَ اللَّهَ تَعَالَى بِمَا لَا يَلِيقُ بِهِ أَوْ سَخِرَ بِاسْمٍ مِنْ أَسْمَائِهِ أَوْ بِأَمْرٍ مِنْ أَوَامِرِهِ أَوْ أَنْكَرَ صِفَةً مِنْ صِفَاتِ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى أَوْ أَنْكَرَ وَعْدَهُ أَوْ وَعِيدَهُ أَوْ جَعَلَ لَهُ شَرِيكًا أَوْ وَلَدًا أَوْ زَوْجَةً أَوْ نَسَبَهُ إلَى الْجَهْلِ أَوْ الْعَجْزِ أَوْ النَّقْصِ أَوْ أَطْلَقَ عَلَى الْمَخْلُوقِ مِنْ الْأَسْمَاءِ الْمُخْتَصَّةِ بِالْخَالِقِ نَحْوَ الْقُدُّوسِ وَالْقَيُّومِ وَالرَّحْمَنِ وَغَيْرِهَا يَكْفُرُ

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