Category: Character & Morals
Fatwa#: 12578
Asked Country: United States

Answered Date: Oct 14,2004

Title: Is it permissible to play Monopoly?

Question

Monopoly is a game played for amusement in the United States. This game simulates dealing in real estate, United States style. It is not played for money, so there is no gambling. Simulated mortgages (riba) are part of the play, but there is no real money involved. Is playing Monopoly permissible? Please explain your answer.

Answer

Hazrat+Mufti+Mahmood+Saheb%2C+the+former+Grand+Mufti+of+India%2C+mentioned+the+following+principle+by+which+games+could+be+judged%3A%0D%0A%0D%0AThat+game+would+be+permissible+which+is+not+an+exclusive+symbol+%28Shi-%27aar%29+of+the+Kuffaar+or+Fussaq%2C+there+is+no+condition+of+money+being+wagered+on+winning+or+losing+and+furthermore%2C+by+playing+the+game+Deeni+obligations+are+not+left+out%2C+and+there+is+nothing+contrary+to+Shari%27ah+in+it.%0D%0A%0D%0AThose+games+and+sports+whereby+a+person%27s+health+is+maintained+and+increased+and+the+intention+thereby+is+to+become+able-bodied+against+the+enemies+of+Isl%E2m+and+to+acquire+skills+for+Jihaad+then+by+this+intention%2C+such+sports+and+games+will%2C+in+fact%2C+be+encouraged+like+in+the+case+of+horse+riding+and+swimming.%0D%0A%0D%0AMahmoodiyah+%28Vol.+15+Pg.+364-365%29%0D%0A%0D%0AFrom+this+it+could+be+understood+that+playing+games+like+monopoly+would+be+permissible%2C+however+spending+ones+valuable+time+on+more+fruitful+pursuits+would+be+preferred.%0D%0A%0D%0Aand+Allah+Ta%27ala+Knows+Best%0D%0A%0D%0AMl.+Husain+Kadodia%0D%0ASTUDENT%3A+Darul+Ifta%0D%0A%0D%0ACHECKED+%26+APPROVED%3A+Mufti+Ebrahim+Desai

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