Chapter 2: IT IS PROHIBITED TO PLAY CHESS
Book 028, Number 5612:
Buraida reported on the authority of his father that Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine.
Did Mohammad prohibit this game because it involved thinking?
Could this be the reason why Muslims have a major problem thinking one move ahead, let alone 2 or more? Why dont Muslim countries generate wealth besides the exploitation of natural resources, (coincidentally, performed by engineers from Non-muslim countries)?
For example, if we contrast Hindu India with its immediate neighbour Muslim Pakistan, for example, we see how one celebrates different religions and parliamentary representation while the other has been ruled by dictators and persecutes religious minorities. Both countries were left by the British empire with equal economic potential, but while India is about to become an economic super power, Pakistan is in decay.