Licensed Snooker Clubs and J20

Published: 2007-12-25
You mention a few times about not eating in places where alcohol is served, but what if a group of muslims go out to play snooker or pool in a place where alcohol is served. Is this ok? And if so is it ok to buy non-alcoholic drinks such as J2O from the bar at the snooker/pool place?
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Updated: 2007-12-25

In the Name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

Jazakallah for writing to the institute.  You have asked a very important question, and we will endeavour to answer the question comprehensively, so that some of the  issues are exposed, understood, and easy to implement.

Firstly, there is nothing wrong per se, in playing snooker.  In Islam one is encouraged to take part in recreation and to challenge oneself, and to mix with friends etc.  It can help one refresh oneself, and to loosen tension etc.  However, some things to remember and to pay heed to, as just as recreation is beneficial, equally it can be a serious means of disassociation with Allah, and becoming unmindful to the Deen.

Punctuality in Salaah
For a Muslim, Salaah is absolutely crucial, and one needs to be careful that the Salaah is protected, especially at these times.  If the Salaah is neglected, then this means in effect, that we have given snooker (or whatever) more importance than our Salaah.

The best method is to arrange tournaments and the like out of Salaah times, so that one does not even miss the Jam'aat in the Masjid, but failing that, at the very least the Salaah should be prayed (preferably as a congregation), wherever we are.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam has clearly emphasised the importance of Salaah, and has even made a distinction between Kufr and Imaan, on the grounds of offering Salaah.

Mixing with good friends
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam said that a person is known by the company he keeps.  

Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "The example of a good companion and a bad one is the bearer of musk and the worker on the bellows. A bearer of musk would give you some, you might buy some from him, or you might enjoy the fragrance of his musk. The worker on the bellows, on the other hand, might spoil your clothes with sparks from his bellows, or you get a bad smell from him." (Muslim)

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam was describing some of the wonders of paradise when the companions enquired concerning those who will reside there. He replied, "Those who love for Allah (and His religion), those who sit together for Allah, and those who visit each other for Allah" (Baihaqi & Mishkat).

So, the persons we mix with often, should refreshen and regenerate our Imaan, not the opposite.  Such a friend would be particular about Salaah, obeying Allah's commands etc.  one who doesn't however, will have a detrimental effect on us too, consequently, we will end up adopting many bad habits, and traits, eroding our contact with Allah miserably.

Frequent safe areas
Keeping away from places which might stoke suspicion, or get one into sin is a very important aspect, which brings me onto the main item asked in your question.     The types of places you might be referring to are pubs, ale houses, nightclubs, licensed bar etc where there might be a snooker pool room.  Whilst one may only be playing snooker, yet setting foot in a place where sin is the main activity, is highly detrimental to one's Imaan, and not permissible.

Ibn Maajah narrated that Ibn 'Umar said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "May Allaah curse wine, the one who drinks it, the one who pours it, the one who sells it, the one who buys it, the one who squeezes (the grapes etc), the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who carries it and the one to whom it is carried." (Abu Dawood).

Al-Tirmidhi narrated that Anas ibn Maalik said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed ten with regard to wine: the one who squeezes (the grapes etc), the one who asks for it to be squeezed, the one who drinks it, the one who carries it, the one to whom it is carried, the one who pours it, the one who sells it and consumes its price, the one who buys it and the one for whom it is bought.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam is the most truthful, and most beloved to Allah and he is cursing 10 types of person involved with alcohol from the inception of its origin to the consumption and trading of it. There is no question of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam's du'aa being rejected.

Now, think what a woeful and miserable situation to be in, that is to be in close proximity those persons whom Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam has cursed.  How would we fare in such an environment?  Further, frequently seeing the alcohol being poured, people drinking, getting drunk, immodest and lewd behaviour perpetrated in front of one's eyes, so undoubtedly one's Imaan would be affected, and slowly, but surely the seriousness of the sin would be ejected out of our hearts.

Consequences of Frequenting Clubs

Another reason why one must stay clear is because many major sins take root in these clubs.  Alcohol is such an evil, that its surroundings ferments disobedience to Allah. 

Sins like gambling, (starting points for) fornication, and the selling, and consumption of drugs are rife.  It is a common fact that some teenagers have picked up their evil habits starting off with snooker clubs, and becoming entangled with bad company, and suffering the consequences of frequenting iniquitous places.

We have been clearly warned about staying away from anything which may bring us close to zina.

Allah SWT says:
And come not near to the Zina (unlawful sexual intercourse). Verily, it is a F‚hishah [i.e. anything that transgresses its limits (a great sin)], and an evil way (that leads one to Hell unless All‚h forgives him).

Gambling and intoxicants have been particularly singled out by Allah as being Shaytaan's (la'natullahi 'alaihe) specific tools of misguidance.

Allah SWT says:  O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks and drugs), gambling, Al­Ans‚b , and Al­Azl‚m (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shait‚n's (Satan) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.

The current situation of our youth is in front of our very eyes.  Let us make a make a positive change.  

Allah (SWT) has warned us to stay well clear from the boundaries of Haraam. "These are the limits (set) by Allah so approach them not." (Al-Baqarah:187)

Therefore, we must be particular in abstaining from all paths which can lead towards sins.

1.  The local leisure centre maybe a better option for choosing somewhere which is a safer choice for our Imaan.
2.  Even better if the local Muslim Community can organise an area, or building where sporting functions of this nature can be freely  carried out according to Islamic principles.
Speak to the Imaam of your Masjid, and committee members and put forth to them to your proposals, and needs.
3.  To play at a friend's house.   At times, someone has a large basement where functions like these can take place.
4.  Discuss with your friends, how you can all overcome going to a such a place.

As they say, where there is a will, there is a way.  The person who searches for the Halaal way, Allah will not disappoint him, and open up many ways for him.  This is a maxim we can apply to all parts of our life.

Our purpose as Muslims, is to give preference to the Commandment of Allah in all things, and we should not give ourselves the choice of not doing, but simply resolve, I will not disobey Allah and His Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam, keeping in mind the promises of punishment or reward in the Hadith and Qur'aan.  

In this manner, one's certitude in the words of Allah and His Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam will become strong.

We hope this answers your question.

And Allah knows Best
Wa Alaykumussalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

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