Praise be to Allaah.
Football games that are shown on television include a
number of things that are contrary to sharee‘ah:
In most cases -- if not all --
it may come under the category of gambling and betting which are haraam.
They involve uncovering of
‘awrahs, mixing of men and women and listening to musical instruments.
In addition to that, they are a waste of time, which is spent
on something that is not beneficial and distracts one from that which is
more beneficial to him in religious and worldly terms.
As that is the case, the Muslim, whether male or female,
should not preoccupy himself with that. He should keep himself busy with
useful things that will benefit him in this world and in the Hereafter.
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas
were asked: What is the ruling on watching sports tournaments such as the
World Cup and so on?
They replied: Football matches that are played for money and
similar prizes are haraam, because that is gambling. It is not permissible
to accept a prize except in things that sharee‘ah has deemed permissible,
namely racing horses and camels, and competing in archery. Based on that,
going to matches is haraam and so is watching them [on TV], for the one who
knows that they are being played for a prize, because going to them implies
approval of them.
But if the match is not for a prize and does not distract one
from what Allah has enjoined, such as prayer and the like, and it does not
involve anything that is contrary to sharee‘ah, such as uncovering ‘awrahs,
mixing of men and women or musical instruments, there is nothing wrong with
that or with watching it. End quote.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah,
Shaykh Ibn Jibreen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked:
What is the ruling on women watching football matches for entertainment and
to support a team?
It is not permissible to watch matches, as the players are
usually not dressed properly and some of the thighs show, or the awrah may
be outlined by the clothes, and that is a fitnah for women. If the aim is to
relax, then that may be done by remembering Allah, reciting Qur’aan, and
reading books of hadeeth, fiqh and ahkaam. End quote from the website of
Shaykh Ibn Jibreen.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was
asked: What is the ruling on watching football matches that are shown on
What I think is that watching matches that are shown on
television and other events is a waste of time; a smart and wise man would
not waste his time with such matters that bring no benefit at all.
This applies if it is free of other evils; if it is
accompanied by other evils, such as if the viewer begins to venerate a
kaafir player for example, then it is undoubtedly haraam, because it is not
permissible for us to venerate the kuffaar at all, no matter how far they
have advanced. It is also haraam if the thighs of young men appear, which
may result in fitnah. So the correct view in my opinion is that it is not
permissible for young men when they play football to let their thighs show,
because that involves fitnah, even according to the view that the thigh is
not ‘awrah. So I do not think that young men should ever show their thighs.
If we say that the thigh is ‘awrah, which is a well-known view of the
madhhab of Imam Ahmad, then the matter is clear: it is not permissible in
What I advise our brothers to do is to make good use of their
time, for time is the most precious of wealth. End quote.
And Allah knows best.