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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

AsalamoAlikum
Playing sports like cricket and
football are really common in
the streets around where I live.
In alot of cases neighbours do
not like people to disturb them
or harm their cars and home
windows due to the use of balls.
Some neigbours get exteremely
frustrated on this.
My question is that to what
extent neighbours have the right
to stop children/adults from
playing on the streets with the
equipment(Cricket bat,tennis
ball, football etc) that might
cause damage to their property
like home windows and cars. On
the other hand is it
impermissible for children/
adults to play on the streets
altogether or do they also have
some right in this. We do not
have many useful parks to fulfill
this purpose for children and
adults. Also, do the neighbours
have right if they park their cars
on the street. In other words if
someone hits a ball on a car
parked on the street than one
might ask 'Does that place
belong to the neighbours in the
firstplace or not?'. Kindly also
take into account the noice the
children/adults make while
playing on the streets which
might distrub neighbours as
well. Moreover, the children/
Adults usually belong to the
families of the same
neighbourhood.
Alot of times my friends have
called me to play with them but
dure to lack of clarity on this
issue I used to avoid. Playing
with them sometimes can allow
me to call them to Allah. Their
hearts might soften a bit
towards what I follow. They
perhaps think I do not
participate with them anymore.
Any guidance based on shariat
on this issue would be
extremely benifical for me.
Jazak Allah

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah,
The Lord of the Worlds. I testify
that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that
Muhammad is His slave and
Messenger.

It is not permissible to play in
the streets since this annoys
and disturbs the neighbors, and
they might be harmed by it. The
Prophet said: "Avoid sitting
on the roads.” They (the
companions) asked: “O Prophet
of Allah” we do not have any
other alternative as these are
our sitting places where we
have talks. Then, he said: "If
you have no other alternative
than sitting on the roads then
you should give the road its
right.” They asked: “What is the
right of the road, O Prophet of
Allah?” He said: “It is to lower
your gaze (on seeing what is
illegal to took at), refrain from
harming people respond to the
Salaam (when someone greets
you with Salaam), enjoin good
and forbid evil.” [Al-Bukhari and
Muslim]

The Prophet did not permit
them to sit on the roads unless
they refrain from causing harm,
hence it becomes more
appropriate to prevent those
(children and adults) from
playing that causes harm to
people’s property or harming
the sick people or disturbing
the dwellers and so forth.

Indeed, the Prophet said:
“There should be no harm nor
reciprocal harm.” [Ahmad]
As regards parking cars on the
streets or on the places that are
allocated for car parking
according to the customs, then
this is permissible as this is
among the benefits of the road
that are permissible for people
to benefit from.

With regard to calling those
people to Allah, then this
should be according to
permissible means and the first
thing that you should call them
to is to respect the road and
refrain from harming people.
Nevertheless, you should not
participate with them in what is
not permissible since a
permissible objective is not a
sound reason for committing a
prohibited means.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/174601/playing-cricket-and-football-in-the-streets

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