Playing Video Games That Involve Using Magic
Fatwa No: 410839

  • Fatwa Date:12-1-2020 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 17, 1441
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Question

I was told that if a muslim plays a video game or card game which involves pretending to use magic, then it is shirk just like in real life with real magic. Is this true? And what should be done with children who like such games? Apologies if I've sent this question before i have a bad memory.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Playing games that simulate magicians, witchcraft, and sorcery is forbidden, but on its own, it is neither polytheism nor disbelief.

Children should be prevented from these games; the father can find many alternative suitable games for his children that are devoid of simulating magic and the like.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 341431 and 88539.

Allah knows best.

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