Fatwa issued against Chess now Haram in Islam — A Muslim priest of Saudi Arabia has recently stated that Chess is a game of Satan and is banned in Islam.
Sheikh Abdel Aziz Al Sheikh has declared that Chess is banned in Islam because it wastes time and promotes strife between the people. He had issued this declaration over the television channels.
He also said that Chess playing is like drinking liquor and Allah has warned us not to play it. Although a non.Islamic Chess organisation of Saudi Arabia has opposed this declaration.
According to them there is nothing in Chess which is against Islam. The organisation has said that with this kind of a declaration our growth can be hindered which is not good for our game.
It is to be noted that in Saudi Arabia these kinds of declarations have also be accepted by the government.