From my childhood, I had a craze for racing cars & that sort of stuff. Growing older, I researched more & more on how I can pursue my career as a Professional Race Car Driver in NASCAR. But when it came to point of halal & haram, it was more of a haram according to my research on the internet. In one of the blogs I've read that, Being a race car driver can bring a lot of risk to once one life but I think that in every career there is risk & in the same way racing has too.

Now I would like some suggestions on how can I be a racing car driver following the shariah of Islam & even if I had to cross some red lines of Islam then what that would be?


Bismillah. Alhamdulillahi rabbil-'alamin was-Salatu was-Salam 'ala Sayyidil-Mursalin wa 'ala 'Alihi wa Sahbihi Ajma'in.

AFAK, car races are organized to win prize money. And whether it is Halal for a Muslim, to pursue career as a Professional Race Car Driver, is under big doubt as Prophet (ﷺ) forbade prizes for racing except for racing camels, or horses or shooting arrows.

Narrated Abu Hurayrah:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Wagers are allowed only for racing camels, or horses or shooting arrows.

Sunan Abi Dawud 2574

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“There should be no prizes for racing except races with camels and horses.”

Sunan Ibn Majah 2878

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

That the Prophet (ﷺ) said: "No stake is acceptable except in archery, racing a camel, and racing a horse."

Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1700

And Allah orders with a strong warning

And whatever the Messenger has given you - take; and what he has forbidden you - refrain from. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.

Quran 59:7

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