Question: What is the Ruling on Soccer Players Making the Prostration of Gratitude on the Pitch?
Answer: “Soccer and playing soccer is not a blessing and the prostration of gratitude is only [done] during the renewal of blessing. So it [i..e. this action] is an innovation in this position. What do we gain from this soccer? What do the Muslims gain from this? Except for wasting their youth, they do not benefit…rather it is harm upon the Muslims”.
[Taken from the Explanation of Mukhtasar Zaad al-Ma’aad of Shaikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab. Monday 5/22/1430-61:08 min mark]
Faisal bin Abdul Qaadir bin Hassan