Reader on Playing Video Games

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate

“Successful indeed are the believers:
those who humble themselves in prayer;
those who avoid idle talk;
those who pay zakat;
those who guard their chastity.”
[Quran, 22:1-5]

By 2024, there are expected to be 3.32 billion video gamers worldwide. [] When considering that the estimated global population in the year 2024 will be 8,1 billion, the omnipresence and relevance of video games become more than clear.

Muslims of all ages are equally involved in playing video games. This begs the question of what its ruling actually is according to Islamic Law (fiqh). The answers we gathered in this reader aim to clarify various questions that have been asked about the topic of playing video games:

General Rulings

Specific Contents Within Video Games

Surrounding Factors

Rulings Pertaining Financial Transactions

The Hereafter