Playing Video Games To Keep Away from Temptations
Fatwa No: 414634

Question

اسلام عل??م ورحمة الله وبركاته
Can I play games in order to keep away from temptations and desires of heart.I have a strong desire for orgasm when alone.but when I watch kids cartoons or play games,I forget temptations.Is there any cure for passion for those who cannot fast because they are sick(.poor health
جزاكاالله خير

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.

A young man should hasten to marriage whenever he can because Allah, The Almighty, Says (what means): {So, race to [all that is] good.} [Quran 2:148] Verily, marriage is one of the greatest good deeds by means of which one complies with his Lord’s command; follows the guidance of his Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam; guards his chastity; is blessed with children; and attains many other great virtues.

Whoever is unable to get married and cannot fast, let him preoccupy his free time with beneficial activities such as seeking useful (Islamic) knowledge, performing good deeds, keeping the company of righteous people, exercising and practicing sports, and reading useful books on worldly or religious matters.

There is nothing wrong with playing electronic games as long as one abides by the Sharee‘ah regulations in this regard, meaning that the content of such games should not include Sharee‘ah violations such as music, exposure of people’s ‘Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered), and the like. Games should only be played occasionally for recreational purposes. It is unacceptable to spend most of one’s time playing games! Verily, life is too short, and a Muslim will regret having wasted any moment of it in vain activities. Al-Bukhaari  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “There are two blessings concerning which many people are losers: health and free time.” [Al-Bukhaari]

If the options we mentioned to you do not distract you from those sexual thoughts, then there is nothing wrong with playing these electronic games, even if you spend most of your time playing them, as long as it does not entail neglecting your religious duties such as the prayer and the like, and you should hasten to marriage whenever you have the needed means to do so.

Allah Knows best.

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