Praise be to Allaah.
reads your question will understand that you have the choice between two
things only, either watching sports in the cafes, or watching them at home.
The idea of not watching them at all has not occurred to you, which is
something that makes us feel sad, that the young men of the ummah are
distracted by watching sports matches, and following sports teams, and
venerating the people of leisure and idleness, which only makes the ummah
more backward in all fields.
attitudes results from a number of causes:
Not understanding the value of
time, for if a person understood the value and importance of time, he would
not waste it in things that are of no benefit.
Not keeping busy with serious
matters, such as knowledge, a skill or trade. Rather many students think
that if they study what is taught at school, they have done what they are
obliged to do. They forget that they, like anyone else who is accountable,
should hasten to do good deeds and fill their pages with hasanaat. Indeed
this is required even more so of them because they are young and strong and
and have relatively few worries.
Not having righteous friends
who can help one to obey Allaah.
the most important causes of negligence which must be dealt with quickly
before it is too late.
ask yourself a number of questions which will help you to adopt the correct
attitude with regard to this issue, such as the following:
What if you stopped watching
all the matches? What would happen? Boredom, anxiety, regret, but for how
long? One day or a few days, then you would become more at ease and your
evil inclinations would grow weaker, and your days would become pleasant,
and would grow more pleasant the more you nourish your faith with knowledge,
dhikr and acts of worship. For there is a longing in the soul that can only
be fulfilled with remembrance of Allaah and contact with Allaah.
What is the benefit in watching
these games for years on end? Enjoyment, learning to play well, killing
time, hanging out with one’s friends, then what? Are these aims which a wise
Muslim should be striving to attain?
As for enjoyment, it soon ceases, leaving behind a sense of
loss and regret for having wasted time.
As for learning to play well, this is a claim that has no
basis. How much have you benefited from what you watched before? How much
have others benefited? Is it an honour for you to be recorded before Allaah
as a player?
As for killing time, since when is time an enemy that you
should strive to kill?! Time is your breath, it is your lifetime and the
moments of your life which you could fill with thousands and millions of
hasanaat. It is sufficient for you to say Subhaan Allaah wa bi hamdihi
(Glory and praise be to Allaah) once, and a palm tree will be planted for
you in Paradise, so how many gardens have you failed to plant? How many
hasanaat have you lost?
As for hanging out with your friends, look at your friends
more closely and ask whether any of them will enter your grave with you.
Which of them will help you on the Day of Judgement? Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“Friends on that Day will be foes one to another except
Al‑Muttaqoon (the pious)”
“That Day shall a man flee from his brother,
35. And from his mother and his father,
36. And from his wife and his children.
37. Every man that Day will have enough to make him careless
“And (remember) the Day when the Zaalim (wrongdoer,
oppressor, polytheist) will bite at his hands, he will say: ‘Oh! Would that
I had taken a path with the Messenger (Muhammad).
28. Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so‑and‑so as
a Khaleel (an intimate friend)!
29. He indeed led me astray from the Reminder (this Qur’aan)
after it had come to me.’ And Shaytaan (Satan) is to man ever a deserter in
the hour of need”
Is watching matches and
watching sports channels free from committing haraam deeds, as claimed by
your soul that is inclined to evil? Haraam may enter your heart by watching
female announcers, or watching female players, or watching some of the
female spectators, when the camera focuses on them time after time. Why
would a person deceive himself? Hour after hour will be wasted with no
benefit; do you not feel ashamed before Allaah? Do you not get up after that
and your heart feels distressed because of its darkness and lack of
remembrance of Allaah? You remember the names of these players, support
their clubs and follow their news, but some of them may not even believe in
Allaah. Are you not embarrassed by that? If you were to be asked about the
lives of ten of the Sahaabah you would not be able to answer. What a great
calamity this is.
can you trust yourself not to become addicted to watching and that the
shaytaan will not gradually lead you to watch other channels? Real life
shows us how the shaytaan has deceived people when they followed in his
footsteps. He made attractive to them the idea of watching sports only, then
he kept prompting them until they started to watch everything. Do not ask
about their confusion and loss, do not ask about their prayer and qiyaam, do
not ask about their wird and dhikr. The one who is truly protected is the
one whom Allaah protects.
and take stock of yourself before you are called to account; weigh up your
deeds before they are weighed and counted against you. Beware of the tricks
of the shaytaan, for it starts with something insignificant but soon it
becomes like a mountain which no man can carry, and when sins accumulate
they will destroy a man.
who believe! Follow not the footsteps of Shaytaan (Satan). And whosoever
follows the footsteps of Shaytaan (Satan), then, verily, he commands
Al‑Fahsha’ [i.e. to commit indecency (illegal sexual intercourse)], and
Al‑Munkar [disbelief and polytheism (i.e. to do evil and wicked deeds; and
to speak or to do what is forbidden in Islam)]”
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Beware of trivial
sins, for they will accumulate until they destroy a man.” And the Messenger
of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) gave an example,
likening them to people who stopped to camp in the wilderness, and they
wanted to prepare some food, so one man went and brought a stick, and
another man brought a stick, until they had gathered a huge pile and lit a
fire, and whatever they put in the pot was cooked asa result. Narrated by
Ahmad from the hadeeth of Ibn Mas’ood; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in
Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 2687.
advise you to fear Allaah and to remain steadfast in obedience to Him, and
beware of disobeying Him. Keep away from these channels which, even if they
are free of haraam things, will still deprive you of a great deal of good
and much reward, and will reduce your status.
what Ibn al-Qayyim said about himself: One day Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah
(may Allaah sanctify his soul) said to me concerning some permissible
matter: This does not befit a man who aspires to attain a high status, even
though avoiding it is not a condition of salvation. Or words to that effect.
The wise man will refrain from many permissible things so as to protect
himself, especially if that permissible thing falls in between halaal and
haraam. End quote from Madaarij al-Saalikeen (2/26).
Allaah to guide us and you.