Can you please tell me that earning a living by playing any sport such as cricket, hockey, football, tennis is halaal or haraam according to the Shari`ah laws?
There is no harm in earning one’s living as a professional sportsman.
It should be kept in mind that the prohibitions of the Shari`ah primarily relate to those things, which have a negative effect upon the physical, mental or spiritual or moral cleansing of man. This really implies that barring those things, which have been expressly prohibited by the Shari`ah, only those things would be considered as disapproved by the Shari`ah, which are either clearly against the requirements of the inherent nature of man or clearly entail an element of immorality attached to them. Earning a living as a sportsman, in my opinion, does not entail either of the two stated criteria, which could have rendered it ‘disliked’ or ‘disapproved’ by the Shari`ah. The only obvious exception would be where the particular sport or game entails something contrary to the teachings of the Shari`ah. Thus, it would not be appropriate for a Muslim to make a living as a ‘gambler’, for instance.
I hope this helps.
November 25, 2001