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Next You'll Be Telling Me They Ban Chess Too

John Hinderacker is rightly perplexed to find that "seventeen of Britain’s 26 Islamic seminaries are run by Deobandis" - the Deobandi being a Sunni Islamic revivalist movement from which the Taliban were born, and that these seminaries outlaw chess.

" . . . but haven't Muslims been playing chess for centuries?" he asks. Chess is a Persian invention or an Indian invention, depending upon whom you ask.

Surprising, but not only the Deobandi ban chess. Our ally in Iraq Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Husaini al-Sistani has this Q&A about chess on his surprisingly cool website:

Question: What is the ruling on playing chess by using the customary pieces? Is the ruling any different in the case where the game is played by computer which employs symbols and shapes instead of the customary pieces?

Answer: Playing it (chess) is absolutely forbidden even without placing a bet. And there is no difference in this, whether it is (played) with customary pieces or by computer.

Wow, that is a pretty low threshold of entertainment to ban right there. I guess the booze and the hookers are right out, then? Banning chess alone would be a deal breaker if I were to ever consider becoming a Muslim. I mean, this is just outlawing fun as a kind of prank - just to make life less pleasant for people just because you have the power to do so.

chesshottie.jpg

No chess hotties? Dealbreaker.

Posted by Ken McCracken · 7 September 2007 07:57 PM

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I would love to put that queen in check....

"Wow, that is a pretty low threshold of entertainment to ban right there."

For entertainment, most of these nuts go down to the "stoning pit" or "head chopping-off arena." That is much more sophisticated than a simple game of chess.

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