In this video, Dr. Yasir Qadhi discusses the FIFA World Cup and whether playing and watching football is Haram from an Islamic perspective.
Dr. Yasir Qadhi discusses three main points brought up by scholars who argue that football is haram: it is a waste of time, it is often associated with haram activities, and it causes division within the Muslim community.
Arguments against football
Addressing the common argument that playing and watching football is a waste of time, he suggests that the real question is when wasting time becomes sinful in the eyes of Allah. Not all unproductive activities are haram just because they waste time.
Dr. Qadhi also discusses the argument that football games always include Haram (forbidden) behavior associated with football, such as music, alcohol, and inappropriate behavior; he argues that these things are not inherent to the sport itself.
Finally, He addresses the argument that football causes division within the Muslim community and makes distinction between cases when division is harmful and negative suggests and when it is not.
Watch Dr. Qadhi’s interesting lecture to gain a deeper understanding of this relevant and timely issue.
Also, check our coverage of Muslims in World Cup 2022.