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Ludo stirs a ontroversy.

Ever since smartphones got popular, there has always been an addiction. Addiction in the form of a game, let it be Angry Birds, Temple Run, Subway Surfers, QuizUp or the very annoying - Flappy Bird. Now we are in 2017, and our generation has discovered another brilliant way to 'waste' their time very conveniently, by playing Ludo Star day and night. Pakistanis have been playing Ludo since their childhoods and they are good at it. And now, this app Ludo Star allows you to play Ludo online with your friends or against random people, so there's no reason why it won't be an addiction.

The first ever board game was invented back in 3500BC. Since then, board games have been a constant through generations. Ludo is perhaps the most beloved board game of all time, especially in Pakistan. It's a strategic board game for 2 to 4 players, in which players strive to take their 4 tokens from home to finish according to rolls of a single die.

The game first originated in India, under the name Pachisi, somewhere around the 6th century. The illustration of playing boards on Ajanta caves are the earliest proof of this game to be played in India.

It has several versions such as 1 on 1, team-up, and 4-player. Furthermore, you have the choice to play a quick version, classic, or master. You can even play it offline when you are not connected to the internet. However, the most significant component of the game is that you have to place a bet before each game, with fake gold, of course. It can be as low as 50 coins, and as high as 1 million. This game has become the new trend lately and almost everyone's playing it.

Is it to prohibit playing Ludo? The game Ludo is similar to backgammon and some religious scholars indicated that it is prohibited to play backgammon and all games that are played with dice are haram. Ludo is not excluded from that because it is a game that relies on use of the dice, as is the case with backgammon. It is composed of the game board, the dice and four pieces of different colours, one for each player. Each player puts his piece in the middle of the circle on the board, and then the first player rolls the dice and answers the question in his circle according to the number of the dice that he rolls. If he answers correctly, he moves out of the circle to the start, but if he gives the wrong answer he stays where he is, then the dice passes to the next player, and so on.

Because the game is based on rolling the dice, as in the case of other dice games, it is a prohibited game.

It was narrated by Abu Dawood (4938), Ibn Maajah (3762), Ahmad (19027), and al-Bayhaqi (21478) from Abu Moosa al-Ash'ari that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: "Whoever plays with dice has disobeyed Allah and His Messenger."

Al-Bukhaari narrated in al-Adab al-Mufrad (1270) that 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ood said: Beware of these two marked cubes that are thrown, for they come under the heading of gambling.

Shaitan (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah and from As-Salat (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?"

Al-Bukhaari also narrated in al-Adab al-Mufrad (1274) from 'Aa'ishah that she heard that the people of a household who were living in a property that she owned had some dice, so she sent word to them saying: If you do not throw them out, I will throw you out of my property. And she denounced them for that.

Raja Ziaul Haq claims to be the CEO of a youth club and his video gained a lot of attention on social media.

In the video, he says that he has received hundreds of questions from people asking whether the game is halal or not.

He further claims that all scholars consider games of such kind to be haram. Finally, he concludes his point view with a hadith.

The Prophet (SAW) said: "Whoever plays with dice, it is as if he were dipping his hand in the flesh and blood of a pig."

Since then, people on social media have started to debate on the latest time-waster of the day. Opinions have been divided on this topic where some are actually supporting Raja's claims while others seem to think that the hadith he is quoting does not fit in the context, saying that while there are dice involved, there is no money in it so there's no reason for it to be haram.

Games that are played with dice are generally ruled to be makrooh because they involve an element of chance. They are regarded as haram if played as a means of gambling, because of this hadith, which was explained in detail in the chapter on gambling.
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