Watching and participating in football

Question ID: 26862


We live in an age where scholars do not regard watching football either live or on TV as impermissible, nor do they regard it as impermissible to participate in it or promote it on social media. In fact, some belligerently deny that it is Haraam.

The most common argument against it not being impermissible to watch is that the awrah according to all Madhabs does not include the knees. Sometimes thighs are exposed. Whether this is permissible in Madhabs other than Hanafi I am not sure.

Please provide a detailed public exposition so that one can understand what is the Shar’i ruling regarding the aforementioned.
Is it permissible to watch, participate or promote football. If not, why not?


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Asked on May 19, 2014 4:32 pm
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We have translated a book by Mufti Mahmood Ashraf on sports, recreation, and entertainment. Here is a link to the translation:

It is not permissible to look at another's thigh as this is part of their 'Satr' as per all Madhabs. One must not participate or promote vain, useless, non-beneficial, and futile activities.

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Answered on May 19, 2014 4:32 pm