was prepared before the World Cup 2010, which was hosted by South
Africa. The advices relate and apply to all sports events, which
are in conflict with Islamic teachings.]
The hype and talk presently is the World Cup. Soccer-mania
has gripped the mind, the heart, the speech, the time and the money
of many, many Muslims.
And these many, many Muslims argue: “It’s
ONCE IN A LIFETIME…We are the HOST country … It’s
the World Cup which cannot be missed at any cost…”.
And we naively believe that these reasons give
us the go-ahead to support, promote and participate.
But there is one serious fact that makes us unsuitable
and incompatible for what I would describe as an International “upsurge
of sins” – and that reason is: We are Muslims. And we
are very fortunate that we are Muslims. As such, there is no compatibility
between a Muslim and sin.
Let us discuss why we, as Muslims, cannot and should
not align ourselves to the World Cup and other such sporting events.
Let us read with an open heart and mind.
REASONS WHY MUSLIMS SHOULD NOT ATTEND AND NOT SUPPORT
THE WORLD CUP:
It is a common observance, that many, many Muslims are totally neglectful
of Salaah when it comes to International, National or local sporting
Even those who have some link with the Masaajid,
will choose to forego Salaah in Jamaat and even the Salaah itself,
so as not to miss a moment in watching men run after a ball. Men,
running after a ball – Is this intelligent?
Let us relate this to real life and the inevitable:
How will this benefit us in this world and the hereafter? Will any
one of these sports players be able to intercede on our behalf,
before Allah Ta’ala, when we have to account for our actions,
for our indulgence in futile and even Haraam activities?
Our Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:
“…Do not forgo Salaah intentionally, lest you should
get out of the fold of Islam. Do not perpetrate disobedience to
Allah, lest you deserve His Wrath…”
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
also said: “The dividing line between Kufr and Imaan is Salaah.”
And : “A person who has missed one Salaah is like one who
has lost all his family and wealth.”
Just as we would be grief-stricken at the loss
of all of our beloved family members and the loss of all of our
wealth, properties, and everything else, similarly should we grieve
over losing even ONE Salaah?
Those few who do perform Salaah at the stadium
or grounds, whilst the shouting, screaming, music, drink and other
sins are being engaged in simultaneously, should think for themselves
of what a display of hypocrisy they make. Because that is exactly
what it is: Hypocrisy.
Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Qur`aan Shareef, in Surah Munafiqoon:
“But honour belongs to Allah, His Messenger
and the Believers...”
[Surah Munafiqoon 63 : 8]
And in Surah An-Nisaa:
‘…To those who take for friends unbelievers
rather than Believers: is it honour they seek among them? Nay, -
all honour is with Allah.’
To deal honestly and truthfully with disbelievers
or to assist the poor and needy amongst them, are from the teachings
However, to integrate with them in such a manner,
that we lose our Islamic identity or give up on our Islamic culture
is prohibited because this is extremely harmful to one’s Imaan.
Many have given up Imaan and Islam due to very
close friendship and relationship with those who do not believe
in Allah Ta’ala, His Final Messenger (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
wasallam) and the Day of Judgement.
…So we find people going absolutely crazy
and wild over soccer players, cricket players and their likes. And
one wonders, what is all the clamour and fuss about... when their
“outstanding” achievement in life seems to be, kicking,
throwing or hitting a ball? Does this call for hero-worship? Is
this our shallow understanding of success as Muslims?
Do we not know that the most successful of all
people are the Ambiyaa and their followers? Are we even aware of
the tremendous successes of the Sahabah? They were MEN. And Brave
Men. Their history, their feats, their conquests drown out the thousands
of insignificant goals scored by soccer players.
In fact, there cannot be any comparison and likeness.
The lives of the Sahabah (a.s) were constructive and productive
– for their Deen and Aakhirah, as well as for those who emulate
them. The lives of these players are destructive to their hereafter,
as well as for those who are obsessed with them and emulate them.
We should reflect over our obsession, veneration
and craze of film-stars, sport-stars and others who are presently
the enemies of Allah Ta’ala. …A warning has been sounded,
directing us to make sincere Taubah.
Allah Ta’ala states in the Qur`aan Shareef:
‘O People of Imaan! Do not take My enemies and your enemies
as friends, inclining towards them with love. Verily, they have
rejected the truth which has come to you (from your Rabb)…’
[Surah Mumtahina 60 : 1]
We seem to very easily forget that we are Muslims
and all Muslims have dangerous enemies: So whilst our enemies shrewdly
convince us to spend thousands of Rands, waste our energy and time
on useless, futile sports such as the World Cup and other sporting
events, they gleefully bomb, kill, rape, oppress and harass our
brothers and sisters in other parts of the world … but we
are so intoxicated with World Cups, cricket and soccer matches,
that we don’t even know our enemies have deceived us!
Have we not witnessed enough enmity in Occupied
Palestine, in Pakistan, Kashmir, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan,
Somalia and other parts of the world? Those who were considered
friends and companions were the first to assault, kill, maim and
even rape our Muslim brothers and sisters, for no other reason than
that they are Believers in Allah Ta’ala. …Have we not
taken any lesson? Have we not witnessed the blood of the Muslims
flowing in Bosnia, like rivers?
When we claim to have love for Allah Ta’ala,
how can we love these types of sporting events?
Allah Ta’ala advises us:
“O you who Believe! Take not for friends unbelievers rather
than Believers : do you wish to offer Allah and open proof against
…In other words, we should not make the unbelievers
our bosom pals.
Once again, it does not mean that we should not
treat them with kindness, deal honestly and assist when there is
need. …However: Will participation and support in the World
Cup attract them towards Islam?
Almost every venue, event and occasion today seems to demand “music”
as part of the entertainment. As Muslims, we know fully well, that
music is not the “pleasure” of a true believer because
Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) specifically mentioned
that one of his objectives was to destroy musical instruments.
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
said: “My Rabb has commanded me to destroy all musical instruments…”
and also: “Music causes hypocrisy to grow in the heart just
as water causes crops to grow.”
According to another Hadeeth of Nabi (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi wasallam): ‘Music is from shaytaan and accommodating
it in anyway is Nifaaq (hypocrisy).’
One of our pious elders (DB) warned about the harms
of music: “Beware of music because music reduces modesty and
shame, it increases lust and destroys one’s dignity and respect.
Its effect is like the effect of alcohol.”
Then, would it be morally correct for a MUSLIM
to be present at an event where music is ‘a must have’?
The Ahadith make mention : “Wine is the gatherer of sin.”,
“Wine is the leader of all indecency and is from among the
major sins…” 
Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) also
said : “Abstain from consuming wine, for verily it is the
key to all evil.”
Every person that is associated to alcohol –
be it the manufacturer, the one who transports, the one who sells,
buys or serves comes under the curse of Allah Ta’ala. And
those who keep company and incline towards the transgressors have
to contend with the same consequences, for Allah Ta’ala warns
“And do not incline towards the wrongdoers,
lest the fire should catch you, and you have no supporters other
than Allah, then you should not be helped.” [Surah Hud 11
5.) ZINA (ADULTERY / FORNICATION)
Allah Ta’ala says :
“And come not near to Zina. Verily it is a shameful and evil
[Surah Al- Isra 17 : 32]
It is a very evident fact that these events promote
Zina in abundance. Besides adultery of the eyes which is also categorized
as zina and which is very common at these types of venues, with
the indecent and revealing attire, there is actual zina that is
being promoted and advertised.
With the thousands of prostitutes who are visiting
our country and the thousands more who are local – what else
can be expected, except an escalation in adultery and fornication
and a much higher risk of very severe punishment descending... (May
Allah Ta’ala protect us from His punishment)
The summary and outline of various Ahaadeeth, is
that plague, poverty and diseases which were unheard of previously,
earthquakes, drought and destruction, birth of illegitimate children,
and even escalation of deaths will follow in the wake of adultery
If a person commits adultery, then the priceless
and invaluable commodity of Imaan is removed from his body. Hazrat
Abu Hurairah (Radhiyalluhu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi wasallam said: ‘Allah Ta’ala removes the
Imaan of that person who drinks wine or engages in adultery like
how one of you removes his shirt from his head’.
Then what will be the condition of the person who
dies whilst committing zina?
6.) WASTAGE AND EXTRAVAGANCE
Allah Ta’ala states explicitly :
“…And do not squander recklessly.
Surely, squanderers are brothers to shayateen, and shaytaan is very
ungrateful to his Lord.” [Surah Bani Israeel 17 : 26/27]
Spending R800 or R1000, whether more or less, on
one ticket – and we know many are spending much, much more,
on many tickets - is money wasted, and wastage and squandering are
categorized as sin in Islam – whether on that which is permissible
or otherwise. Moreover, the sin is compounded when it is being spent
to view something at a place hosting a combination of evils.
Besides the tickets for the various matches, much
more money will be spent on travel and accommodation – with
airfares and rates going through the roof.
Consider how many loaves of bread, how many litres
of milk or necessities of life, could have been provided for thousands
who live below the bread line or thousands more who are in dire
need of medical assistance… How can we be so complacent when
so many are without food, water, electricity, medicine and other
Doesn’t our Imaan and conscience trouble
us in the least?
Wastage and extravagance are a cause of drought,
high cost living and other forms of punishment, as drawn from the
Ahadeeth – and it is what we are seeing all around us.
Islam has gifted us with a dress code, which identifies
us as Muslims – which makes us flag-bearers of Islam, representatives
of Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and Inviters to Islam.
We have been expressly forbidden from adopting any semblance with
the cultural or religious dressing style of people of other faiths..
By wearing soccer t-shirts, caps, bags with the
2010 football logos clearly indicates our love and support for the
event and the culture. Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
said: “The one who imitates others is not of us.”
And: “Whoever imitates a nation is from amongst them.”
We are the nation of Islam, and should be rightly
proud of our beautiful culture and dress because it is the culture
and dress of the greatest after Allah Ta’ala, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi wasallam). …It is the height of foolishness
to exchange diamonds for stones.
8.) MIXED GATHERINGS
The disbelievers have no concept of segregation.
They advocate mixed gatherings because it facilitates more sins
and immorality. It works in their favour because there is easy gratification
of sensual desires and sinful pleasures.
The Shari’ah instructs us: ‘IT IS NOT
PERMISSIBLE TO BE PRESENT IN A GATHERING WHERE ALLAH TA’ALA
IS BEING DISOBEYED.’
THE PURPOSE OF CREATION AND OBJECTIVE OF LIFE
Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Qur’aan
“Do you then think that we created you in
jest and that you would not be brought back to us (for an account)?”
[Surah Mu`minoon 23 :115]
Our purpose for being sent to this world is definitely
not play and amusement.
“We created not the heavens, the earth and
all between them, merely in (idle) sport.” [Surah Ad-Dukhaan
However, Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi wasallam) do not deprive us of enjoyment and entertainment.
The Shari’ah and the Sunnah accommodate and give guidance
for a Muslim with regards to Halaal, permissible entertainment,
humuor, laughter, play and relaxation. However there is certainly
no scope for events that feature Haraam indulgences.
Moreover, deliberate and planned sins do not feature
in a Muslim’s life.
The reality of the “World Cup” and
other national and International sporting events, is that they are
a dangerous fusion of major sins.
And when sins increase and multiply then we invite
a punishment in proportion to that disobedience. …Haven’t
we taken lesson from Tsunamis, Gale-force winds, Hurricanes and
Earthquakes that left nothing but devastation in their wake? Are
we immune to such disaster? Are we safe from punishment?
It is reported that once Amr Ibn Absa (R.A) asked
Nabi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) which Hijrat (migration)
is the best and he said: “That you leave what your Lord dislikes.”
One of our great Scholars had said very aptly:
“It baffles me to see a people who are advised to get their
provision and are called upon that the departure time is due, yet
they sit down playing.”
Our boarding passes were given to us the moment
we entered this world … and that boarding pass is for boarding
the flight of death. We have been informed and advised of the long
journey ahead and the much needed provision for the journey –
but how strange, that we choose to while away our time and accumulate
nothing for what lies ahead.
As has been said: “The knife is being sharpened,
and the oven is being heated up, yet the ram is still eating the
The knife of death has been sharpened, our graves
have been selected and are waiting for us to take residence in them.
…Despite knowing this, we “graze” complacently
in disobedience – unconcerned that that knife is ready to
strike us at any time.
Allah Ta’ala states :
“O People of Imaan! Save yourselves and your families from
a fire whose fuel is men and stones…” [Surah At-Tahreem
66 : 6]
“Your (real) friends are (no less than) Allah,
His Apostle, and the (fellowship of) Believers, - those who establish
regular prayers, and regular charity, and they bow down humbly (in
As for those who turn (for friendship) to Allah,
His Rasul and the (fellowship of) Believers – it is the fellowship
of Allah that must certainly triumph.” [Surah Maa`idah 5 :
Of course, all that has been stated will not go
down well with everyone. It is for those who want to be good ambassadors
of Islam, pleasing Allah Ta’ala and His Beloved Rasul (Sallallaahu
This article is for my own reflection and an invitation
to my Muslim brothers and sisters to reflect with an open mind.
I make Dua that Allah Ta’ala protects me and the Ummah from