Are Video Games Like Fortnite Allowed in Islam?

Question: Assalamualaykum, I wanted to know whether the video game Fortnite is haram. It contains violence and indecent images of women, nudity amongst other haram things. Jazakumullahu Khayran.

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

I pray you are well.

Yes, playing such a video game would be impermissible due to the immoral content. Such images would come under the bracket of impermissibility because of their detriment (fitna) (Ibn ‘Abidin; Radd al Muhtar).

Video Games

A case can be made for the permissibility of certain types of video games – especially for children living in the West. This is because forcibly sheltering children from something which is desirable, popular, and ubiquitous is likely to lead them to yearn for it. This will eventually make them run towards it with open arms, having felt deprived all their lives.

As a child, I saw parents who forcibly sheltered their children from TV without having strong familial bonds to compensate for its absence. The children grew up hearing everyone talk about their favorite shows, etc. Once they had the opportunity they went to the other extreme. There are many stories of people losing all restraint when they taste the freedom of living away from home.

Balance in Parenting

Children are a trust. This means that you do what is best for them, and if they are being raised in an environment where they are likely to be tempted by something, it is better to provide a halal alternative for them. Enough to remove the craving, but not so much that it is detrimental.

For video games, if a child has no inclination to them keep it that way. If the need does arise then provide them with something family-friendly. Don’t provide them with something which portrays graphic violence, nudity, or other things that glamorize the haram.

Another problematic element is shooting games that depict detailed maiming and striking of the face, such as sniper/shooting games. If need be, give them something which will preserve their innocence – not something which will corrupt it. Don’t give them free rein either: supervise the play, participate even, and see it as something which will remove the craving children have to fit in.

As a parent, be diligent and limit the use. Don’t go to one extreme – nor the other. Leaving them hankering only to dislike religion is detrimental, as is throwing them into the thick of all that is out there to entertain the youth with no supervision.

Allah knows best.

May Allah bless you with the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.


Hajj – A Reader – For Those Blessed With The Pilgrimage

Dhul Hijja, the month of Hajj, is fast approaching. Hundreds and thousands of blessed Muslims are packing their bags, checking their travel documents and flocking to airports around the world, to make the journey to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
This brief document is a resource for those travelling for Hajj this year, or any year. It provides links to questions that have been answered by SeekersGuidance scholars, blog posts written about the pilgrimage, and relevant information pertaining to Hajj.
Videos and Blog Posts:
Video: Preparing for Hajj – Habib Faisal-Alkaff – Radical Middle Way
Hajj Handbook – Shaykh Husain Abdul Sattar …
Video: Hajj Reflections – Radical Middle Way …
The Hajj Collection – Shaykh Abdal Hakim …
Ten Good Manners for Hajj by Imam al-Ghazali …
The Gifts of Hajj – Radical Middle Way – Blog
Imam al-Haddad’s Counsels on Hajj and `Umrah – Muwasala
Video: Fast the 9th (‘Arafa) and Live for Another Year – Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf
On the Path to a Sacred Journey: The Courtesies (Adab) of Hajj – Nur Sacred Sciences
From Our Answers Page:
Removing Hair and Wearing Scents: Expiations for Accidental Violations of Ihram during Hajj
Does Allah Forgive Marital Infidelity When You Make Hajj?
Missing the Farewell Tawaf Due to Menstruation
Calculating Zakat and Going on Hajj with a Student Loan
Is It Valid to Make Hajj or Umrah Before One’s Parents?
Seeking Forgiveness from Others Before Hajj
Hajj Tamattu`: Does an Invalid Umra Affect the Hajj?
What is the Wisdom Behind Doing Certain Hajj and Umrah Rituals 7 Times?
Reciting Sura al-Baraqara for Protection and Cutting One’s Hair for Hajj and Umrah
What Are the Rulings of Performing Tawaf, Sa’y, and Prayer While Carrying a Baby With Dirty Diapers (Nappies)?
Question on Hajj Violations
Going On Hajj While in Debt
Can a Man Perform Hajj on Behalf of a Non-Mahram Woman?
Is Foreplay a Violation On Hajj?
Wearing Stitched Clothing in Ihram: What Kind of Expiation is Due?
Should I Delay Hajj to Help Fund a Sibling’s Wedding?
Doubts About Having Committed a Contravention at Hajj
Chronic Excuse: Can I Combine Prayers with a Single Ablution?
What is the Minimum Amount of Hair that Must Be Cut to Exit the State of Ihram After Hajj or Umrah?
The Day of `Arafah: The 9th of Dhu’l Hijjah and the Takbirs of Eid
Removing Hair and Wearing Scents: Expiations for Accidental Violations of Ihram during Hajj
Appointing Someone to Perform Hajj on Someone’s Behalf
Can I Wear Stitched Footgear, Belts, or a Backpack While in Ihram?
Can Women Wear Ornaments While Performing Umrah?
How Long Must One Stay at Arafat During Hajj?
The Tawafs of Hajj

Recommended Viewing:

Imam Tahir’s DVD / CD set on Hajj