Saudi cleric’s fatwa against chess meets with stalemate

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti has sent shock-waves through the world of chess by issuing a fatwa that it is forbidden in Islam.

The pronouncement caused consternation among international grand-masters led by Nigel Short, Britain’s most famous exponent of the game, who issued a message of support to Saudi Arabia’s young national chess association. The fatwa came on the eve of one of its biggest events – a championship in Mecca, the religion’s most holy place.

  • BillyHW

    But I thought they invented chess. So confused.

    • Shebel

      They also think that they invented math.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Why wouldn’t they? They invented Mohammad, after all. And their fictional Mohammad invented allah, so to speak, out of whole cloth. Chess should frighten people who believe shit like that.

    • Chess originated in India.

  • Islam Is a Crock

    Chess requires one to use their brain. Can’t have a good Muslim doing that now can we??

    • Dave

      muslims have brains?

      • Shebel

        Not, once they become Devout.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Not much clay to work with there, I agree! 😉

  • Kathy Prendergast

    I am severely chess-challenged, but even so the game’s just gone up several notches in my estimation.

  • Shebel

    Strange, how, even a game like chess scares a Muslim Cleric.
    For centuries – they have relied on the people’s ignorance.

    Now, they have exceeded their greatest dreams— they have become a Cult.

    And- Every Western Leader — is contributing.

  • V10_Rob

    I started to write some speculation about maybe it’s a swipe at Iran (Persia being a source of early chess), but then realized I was wasting my time trying to geopolitically analyze superstitious ****heads.

    • Shebel

      No -Please— go ahead—- I am really not a superstitious fuck head.
      Even if I act like one. Seriously.))))

  • Dis

    Will western “governments” allow an amnesty for everyone to hand in their now haram chess cets and games for destruction??? You know, to make our muslims happy??? Before they begin the anti-chess raids,I mean…

    • Shebel

      I was never any good a chess . I was a master a checkers.
      If they attempt to take my checkers —then it means WAR!

      • Justin St.Denis

        First they came for the Parcheesi players
        And I said nothing
        Then they came for the chess players
        Again, I said nothing
        After that, they came for the skipping rope skippers
        And I said nothing
        Then they came for the checkers players

  • Shebel

    I think our problem is that we have been making the assholes too damned happy.
    Can you imagine going into a new job ,and then telling your Boss that need extra time off , twice a day , so that you can Pray to some asshole that wants you to Kill your boss?
    This is fucking insane or stupid at the minimum.

  • ed

    sharia law has always banned chess as only allah can decide checkmate ,there ain`t no fun in islam

    • Shebel

      The worst thing that Allah can do to me —-
      Actually -I can’t think of anything—-
      No virgins for me , I guess.

  • Shebel

    I really don’t know why it so difficult to tell some asshole -” NO!~ You can’t fucking pray here! Get to fuck out !”
    If we did this All the time time -they would learn.
    It is like teaching a dog— repetition is the key.

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