Ramadhan vs World Cup – Shaykh Salih b. Fawzan Al-Fawzan
Translated by Abu Abdillah Owais Al-Hashimi حفظه الله
Question to Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan:
Could you give some advice to the young Muslims, including students of knowledge, who watch World Cup matches late into a third of the night; and in the month of Ramadan matches will be played during the time of Isha and Tarawih prayers?
Muslims must leave diversion and play, and turn to the worship of Allah ‘azza wa jall, and not waste their time following matches or other types of diversion and play, especially in the blessed month of Ramadan.
It is upon Muslims in general, and the youth in particular – because some of them are very fond of football matches and watching them; and this has no benefit, rather it has harms because it involves wasting time. How can a person waste his precious time and waste this great season of Ramadan watching matches? This is a great loss which cannot be replaced. So they must stop this and turn to the worship of Allah, especially during the month of Ramadan. A person should make good use of his precious time by spending it in the obedience of Allah and standing in prayer for Allah at night. This is what he has been told to do, and this is what will remain for the people and this is what they will find kept for them with Allah ‘azza wa jall as reward in the Hereafter.