Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric: Playing Chess Is ‘Forbidden’

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Date: January 23rd, 2016

chessSaudi Arabia’s top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, said that playing chess is “forbidden” and “the work of Satan” during a TV show.

“It makes the rich man poor, and makes the poor man rich,” Al-Sheikh said in response to a question about the popular board game, noted The New York Times.

“It causes hostility and wastes time where it should not be spent,” Al-Sheikh added in his fatwa, also known as a religious decree.

However, the game is played throughout Arab countries and has been for a long time.  More

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