How many of us has played snakes and ladders? How about ludo? Backgammon? I’m sure at some point or other in our lives we have engaged in one of these games. The common denominator in all these games is the use of dice.
Did you know that the Prophet peace be upon him said, “whoever plays with dice has disobeyed Allah and His Messenger.” (Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Sahih)
My dear readers, how many of us would like to disobey Allah and His Messenger? None of us, for sure! We are all on this journey of life, trying to improve ourselves, to be the best that we can be, to follow Allah and His Messenger, none of us would like to displease Allah or disrespect His commands. Let us give up playing dice, for the sake of Allah; to please Him. Moreover, there are other more beneficial things we could do with our spare time.
In another hadith narrated by Buraydah, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever plays with dice, it is as if he dipped his hand in the flesh and blood of a pig.” (Muslim)
The severity of playing with dice is clearly illustrated in the hadith above.
To make it worse, sometimes, these dice games involve betting an gambling, which is also prohibited, but that is another discussion. Nonetheless, dice in of itself is prohibited.
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (15/210):” It is not permissible to play with dice even if that does not involve prizes, especially if it distracts one from praying on time. So, it is essential to refrain from doing that, because it is the kind of entertainment that is haraam.”
So all games that involves throwing the dice are prohibited; backgammon, ludo, snakes and ladders, cluedo and other common and less-known games are all included.
May Allah help us in giving up that which displeases Him.