Much as I would love to agree with you people (the thought of not watching Liverpool every Saturday evening is very sad indeed), I would like to clarify two things here:
1) I do not follow fatwas blindly. Only if I see that a fatwa is using verses of the Qur'an and authentic hatith to back up its claims do I take it seriously. Even then, if I have doubt, I ask people for opinions and more sound judgement. That is precisely why I have posted the link here.
2) Please do not think I am saying football is haram. It is not haram and only a fool will claim it to be haram. What I am saying is that professional
football may be haram. Do notice the title of the thread. What I mean by professional football is the existing system of clubs, leagues, national teams and competitions and players getting paid for their 'job'.
Islam is a way of life which requires us to maintain a balance between 'deen' (religion, afterlife etc) and 'duniya' (worldly life, material life, physical needs etc). Football is a healthy means of entertainment and keeps us fit too.
Originally Posted by Yasir
I don't see anything in football that would make it haram..
I see a lot of things that CAN make professional football (or for that matter any other professional sport) haram:
1) It results in extreme violence at times, if not always. Crowd trouble, objects thrown at players and refs, players getting into brawls, lifelong injuries caused by tackles).
2) It results in tragedies which could have been avoided had they not been played professionally in stadiums (Heysel, Hillsborough etc). If football were to be played at the local field, such events would never take place. I may sound outrageous, but please take the time to think over this point.
3) It breeds intolerance, hatred and bad behaviour...all of which are the very antithesis of what Islam intends to inculcate in a good Muslim.
4) It breeds arrogance and discourages humility...again going dead against the philosophy of Islam. A true Muslim can never have an ounce of respect for a person like Mourinho, let alone be a fan of him.
5) It severly distracts from religious obligations. I have personally missed my prayers or at least delayed them on several occassions when I was watching football matches. And I know many people who do the same. Also, I have declined doing jobs given to me by my mother or someone or skipped them because of football. The examples are far from exhaustive.
6) Only applicable to the professional football players - it forces them to skip religious obligations at times, if not always. How many professional footballers fast during the month of Ramadan? Even if they want to, can they possibly fast given the extreme physical pressure they go through? And football matches often go on during prayer times and do not finish until the prayer time has ended. Doesn't that mean that the Muslim footballers are missing their prayers too? Or do they actually get themselves substituted to pray? (Gimme a break!)
Before someone starts whining that if professional football is indeed haram, then Islam is too strict a religion and forbids too many of our worldy pleasures, I want to quote HiJazzey,
The basic rule is everything is halal unless it is clearly shown that it isn't, in the Qur'an.
As a result, most things in this world are halal and only a few are actually haram. And I always believe that if a thing is haram, there is a DAMN GOOD reason(s) for it to be haram.
Having listed the reasons for professional football to be haram above, I now seek your response.
P.S. Nero, how about being a little less dismissive? Maybe there's some merit in the argument?