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Saudi scholar prohibits gaming with opposite sex

He says that drag racing and joy riding are also prohibited as they may lead to loss of lives and damage to properties.

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A prominent Saudi scholar has said playing billiards online with members of the opposite sex is prohibited by Islamic teachings.

Waleed al-Wadaan, a member of the Saudi Jurisprudential Society, stressed that such behavior may lead to unethical relationships between the players and that mixing of sexes in sports is also prohibited, al-Hayat daily reported.

In an article in the society's magazine, Wadaan said recreation has become a contemporary problem but Islam has set certain controls on entertainment.

He pointed out that drag racing and joy riding are also prohibited as they may lead to loss of lives and damage to properties.

"Drivers are only allowed to practice this sport if they have received the necessary training and have become very skilled in them and if they believe that they will not endanger their lives or the lives and properties of others," he said.

He added that dangerous sports, such as mountain climbing, are also prohibited as climbers may face unexpected conditions that put their lives in danger.

“Sports and games that involve weapons or car racing are prohibited due the possible danger they represent. Amusement park rides are allowed if all safety procedures are in place, but excessive wastage of time playing or watching football is not allowed,” he said.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on July 1, 2014.