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The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwas About “Chess & Backgammon”

Shafaqna English- The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about “Chess & Backgammon”.

Question & Answer

Question: What is the ruling on playing backgammon / chess by using the customary pieces, without any betting (gambling)?

Answer: Playing it (backgammon / chess) is absolutely forbidden even without placing a bet.

Related Fatwas

Question 1: My friend who lives in another country and I would like to play backgammon / chess online?

Answer: It is absolutely forbidden, even playing it with another person online.

Question 2: What is the ruling on playing backgammon / chess, without betting, on my own with the computer, smart phone device (i.e. against no other person, but the game)?

Answer: Playing it (backgammon / chess) in such circumstance is forbidden (obligatory precaution)

Question 3: Is playing chess and backgammon, without betting, permissible?

Answer: It is absolutely not permissible to play both.

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