What is the Islamic ruling on betting on different sports and games, and on teams receiving prize money if they win? Are they regarded as permissible competitions?
Did early Muslims play different forms of sports than the ones that we do today? Could you please tell us about these sports?
What is the Islamic ruling regarding dangerous sports such as skydiving? Can we do that?
Scholars of Islam, as-Salamu `alaykum. Is it ok to pray in the men's dressing room in gyms and clubs. These dressing rooms are connected to toilets and showers. A lot of non-Muslims use them too.
Would sports tournaments in which a trophy is the ultimate prize considered idol worship as all attention and efforts are directed towards attaining that goal? For example in the World Cup, especially for soccer, all teams are vying to lift the gold trophy with a statue of a woman moulded in it. Would that be considered shirk? Also are male competitors allowed to wear gold medals they win? Please elaborate. Jizakallah Khairan.
Dear scholars, I want to ask if a Muslim who plays professional soccer can eat on the day he has a match? With soccer he earns a living for his family. There are hundreds of Muslims playing in Europe and they are dealing with this question. I couldn't find a fatwa about this important subject. Thank you for your time.
Dear Sheikh, As-Salam `Alaykum. During the World Cup competitions, it may happen that the time of Friday Prayer coincides with the time of a soccer match that tends to be so important to a nation, due to some reasons: being the first time for the national team to qualify for the World Cup, for instance, or due to having the soccer stigmatized with politics. Is it permissible for people in such occasions to delay the prayer?
What is the ruling on body building in Islam? Are we allowed to build up our bodies like those of wrestlers so long as we don't show off and it's for our own good?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum Is it disrespectful to exercise on machines while listening to Qur’an instead of music? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dearest scholar, As-Salamu `alaykum! I am a young Muslim who has aspirations to become a strong person and stay that way. One of my interests is martial arts such as karate and kung fu. A problem that I have is that wherever I go, all those who teach it require that the student bows (ruku`). Whenever they do that, however, they do not intend it in a worship way; it's intended as a gesture of respect for the teacher and the one who has more experience, a different kind of handshake you can say. I am hesitating to do so because I do not know whether it is haram (unlawful) or not? Can you enlighten me with what knowledge Allah (SWT) has blessed you with?
We play pool or billiards sometimes for fun and play “loser pays”, meaning whoever loses has to pay the fee for the table rental. Is this halal (lawful)?