Ruling on making a game engine and open source which will be used to make both permissible and haraam games

I want to work on an open source & free game engine will I get azab-e-jariah if people use it to create games involving things which are prohibited. Since its licensed under GPL I cannot control what people want to do with it. If yes then what if the features I code arent directly involved with creation of these (prohibited) things like image compostior, water refraction scripts etc. instead of modelling and animation tools.

Praise be to Allaah.

If this engine and open source will mostly be used to make permissible games, then it is permissible to make it.

If it will mostly be used for haraam things, it is not permissible.

This general principle applies to manufacturing and producing anything that may be used for either halaal or haraam purposes, when it is not known what each user will use it for. Attention should be paid to the way in which it is mostly used by people, because when it is not possible to know about each user, it is sufficient to know what is usually the case. If what is usually the case is that it is used for haraam purposes, it is not permissible to help with it, because of the prohibition on helping others in sin and transgression.

It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah (13/109): Everything that will be used in a haraam manner or it is thought most likely that it will be used in that manner, it is haraam to manufacture it or import it or sell it or distribute it among the Muslims. End quote.

For more information please see question no. 2898, 98769 and 71170

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Ruling on prizes offered by stores if they are given after playing a golf-like game

What is the ruling on the gifts offered when a person buys many products from a shop? And what is the ruling on the following case:
A company offers whoever spends more than 100 pounds a gift that might be worth much more than what you bought. When we bought some things there we went to pick a gift and we found that we have to first play something like golf for the ball to get into a hole that contains pictures of the gifts, so you hit the ball and try to get it into one of the holes, every buyer has three attempts to get the ball into the hole. When we lost after three attempts we were given a shampoo. Is this considered gambling? What is the ruling on using this shampoo? How shall we expiate if this is haram?.

Praise be to Allaah.

If the price of the product is no more than the price in other stores, and the purchaser bought it because he needed it and not so that he could enter the draw or contest to get the gift, then there is nothing wrong with it in that case, according to the correct scholarly view.

The different opinions of scholars concerning this issue have been discussed in the answer to question no. 22862Continue reading

Ruling on the game “Who wants to be a millionaire?”

I would like to partisepat in a program called [ Who wont to be a milionar by The MBC channel] . Is that permissable to me to take that money throughout answering Questions ?
Secondly IF answer any Questions wrong than i will loss some money: is that concerened as cambling KOOMAR ?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The game that you are asking about is one of the tools of the new economy, the economy of chance and coincidence, the get-rich-quick economy towards which all people, old and young, men and women, have started to rush with no understanding, and which only leads to stress, wasting of time and accumulation of debts.

Many people have stated that they have had phone bills costing thousands of dollars for a single month, and it has become a kind of addiction which some researchers have dubbed an “addiction to telephone gambling”. This addiction also leads to other regrettable consequences, such as people who used to pray regularly missing their prayers; and men divorcing their wives who were addicted to the telephone, after they found out what was going on when the first phone bill arrived, which leads to separation and turning the children’s lives into hell. There have been cases of people working in foreign countries with a small income, and when they get addicted to the telephone there comes a bill which takes up all that they had saved over the months.  Continue reading

Ruling on watching game shows and on entering prize draws

What is ruling concerning attending/watching game shows such as “Wheel of Fortune”, etc.? Also, in general, is it permissible to enter oneself in a drawing for a prize, say a car?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not appropriate for a Muslim to waste his time in things that will not benefit him, so how about spending time doing things that are sinful or haraam? The time that a person wastes in his day is part of his life, and he should use it in doing things that will bring him closer to his Lord and avoid wasting it in doing haraam or evil things.  Continue reading

It is not permissible to break the fast because of playing football (soccer) or any other game

Is it permissible to not fast for one day because of playing football?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible to break the fast during the day in Ramadan in order to play sports such as football or anything else, because that is not one of the legitimate shar‘i excuses that make it permissible to break the fast.

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