Is One Allowed to Play YuGiOh Trading Card Game?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I asked about YuGiOh cards before, and you said it was okay, but besides the buying packs aspect. I just thought to notify you that the source material of the cards is from occult influences and stuff, so is it still okay to play this card game? I like it, but I’ve been staying away from it due to its origins of it. It is just a regular card game, though, with no black magic, tarot stuff, or anything to do with it. But it has monsters, spells, trap cards, the graveyard, and the banish spot, for example.

I was just worried about the game’s origins you can refer to these two links:
The Untold Truth Of Yu-Gi-Oh!
The Dark Origins of Yu-Gi-Oh!

I forwarded the second video a bit on purpose. I’m worried that the origins of the game are just being, I guess, kind of horror-ish. It could mean I can’t play it and the whole idea of the monster’s spells and traps aspects. I’m hoping I can play the game, to be honest, but I don’t want to sin.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Generally, a card game without any gambling or money involved is permissible. The above card game is of a similar type, but the content of the cards has very gruesome themes and messages. Also, one will have to buy them to keep oneself engaged and playing with others – which is extravagant.

Playing these types of card games will desensitize many of these actions. Also, like many card games, it can prolong for extended periods, and one’s mind will go through many of these horrific names and contents. There are more downsides to playing card games than positives. See the link below. Therefore, one should avoid playing the above card game. There are many alternative games one can play.

Allah Does Not Love Wasting Money

Abu Hurayra reported: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Allah does not like for you to waste wealth, nor ask many unnecessary questions, nor spread gossip.” [Musnad al-Bazzar]

Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) said the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Part of the perfection of one’s Islam is his leaving that which does not concern him.” [Tirmidhi]

Check these links:
The Bad & The Ugly of Playing Card Games: 17 Disadvantages / Downsides – Gamesver

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I pray this helps in your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Qur’an Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.