Saudi’s grand mufti, the kingdom’s top cleric said that chess and similar games are forbidden in Islam because they’re a form of gambling.
The grand mufti called chess a waste of time, money and a reason for the enmity between players. He supported his statement with a verse from the Quran which says- “Indeed wine, gambling, idols and the divining arrows are abominations of Satan’s doing, so avoid them, so that you may be felicitous.”
However, the chess association began a two-day championship in Mecca on Friday. Another two-day tournament, the Riyadh Chess Championship, is scheduled for early June.