In Honour of the World Chess Championship Playoff beginning 9 November Q-Wire from the Australian Q-Society report that playing chess under islam could cost you dearly:
They see this "fatwa" summarised best by this classic:
"Allah's Messenger (saws) said: 'He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine.' (Sahih Muslim Hadith 5612 Narrated by Buraydah ibn al-Hasib)"
For those of us who dont have the time to read the whole article (I too belong to that majority in our modern society who have the attention span of a humming bird on speed) Q-Wire puts it in a nutshell:
"Chess it seems is bad in Islam thinking because it:
Causes mental derangement
Does not really train for war or jihad
May distract from prayer, remembrance of Allah or other Muslim duties
Somehow stirs up enmity and hatred!"
I am not likely to join islam, unless the cowardice of our Western politicians and media will have it forced on all of us eventually, but should I become a prisoner of this geo-political regime also going by the description of "religion", I could possibly forego the pleasure of hearing the phrase "Checkmate" directed at me after every chess game I indulge in, but never to hear a musical instrument again (other than voice)?.... that I would find much more soul-destroying: