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Passion Islam I November 2008 SPECIAL FEATURE I 23
The saddening thing however is pocket. If you were asked to present To sum up on the filth of gambling, the
that from the constant onslaught of the your money to the winning person, would saying of Almighty Allah is enough for a
It’s not worth
Modernity on Islam, the National Lottery you willingly do so? I am sure you would fearing Muslim:-
will contribute a great deal towards their reply no. This is one of the reasons for “O’ you who believe! Intoxicants (all
ultimate goal, the total assimilation of the prohibiting gambling. kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, Al-A
Muslims into the British society. Gamblers develop hatred and enmity nsab, and Al-Azlam (arrows for seeking
Coming towards the main aspect of towards one another, although they may luck or decision) are an abomination of
our argument that in no manner can it claim that losing does not trouble them. Satan’s handiwork So avoid (strictly all)
be justified that it is permissible to play However, I would seriously question that (abomination) in order that you may
the lottery or to take part in any form of this, a loser may seem composed but be successful. Satan wants only to excite
the gamble
gambling whatsoever will follow. Gambling behind his composure is frustration, due enmity and hatred between you with
developed and turned into a money- to disappointment, anger at the loss of intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling,
maker, all in the name of charity. The money and regret for not winning the and hinder you from the remembrance of
Qur’aan has commanded the prohibition game. The Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe Allah and from prayers. So will you not
and total ban of any form of gambling and wasallam has said, “Do not harbour envy then abstain? And obey Allah and the
in no way whatsoever can it be proven or ill-will; and neither spy nor be inquisitive Messenger, and beware (of even coming
permissible. Thus, any person who denies for other persons ‘faults nor make bogus near to drinking, or gambling, or Al-Ansab,
the prohibition of any form of gambling offers of prices to spoil a bargain, and or Al-Azlam, etc.) and be afraid of Allah.
such as lottery etc. will be committing an O Allah’s servants!
act of sin. Be brethren to each
Gambling is prohibited with absolute other.” (Bukhari)
proof as the Allah Almighty says in the Holy Gambling has
Qur’aan, “O you who believe! Intoxicants its own compulsion.
(all kinds ofalcoholic drinks), gambling, Al- The loser plays in the
Ansab, and Al-Azlam (arrows for seeking hope of winning and
luck or decision) are an abomination to regain his earlier
ofsatan, handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) losses, while the
that (abomination) in order that you may winner plays again to
be successful.” (Qur’aan 5:90) enjoy the pleasure of
When the Sahaabahs received the winning and the greed
order to refrain from gambling they did not for more. Naturally,
hesitate to fulfil. This is because the Holy luck changes hands,
Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam had the loser becomes the
said, “Whosoever invites a person towards winner and the winner
gambling should give some amount of the loser. Thus, the
charity to the poor.” (Bukhari) gambling addiction is
Due to inviting a person towards such that gamblers
gambling, he has committed a minor are unable to leave it.
sin and created zulmat (darkness) in his The person
heart, thus it is necessary to cleanse it and engaged in gambling
replace it with the noor (light) of Imaan by does not stop at
giving charity. The indication is that even a point. Satan the
uttering the word gambling is very dire accursed, who is
and leads to bad consequences. our grave enemy,
There are sound and noble objectives conquers the mind to
behind this strict prohibition of gambling. such an extent that
Islamic teachings urge the Muslims the gambler does not
to follow Allah’s directives, for earning realise as to how much
a living, which is direct means for the he has spent. If he
attainment of His objectives. On the other were to sit down and
hand gambling, which involves raffling or think of the amount he
the lottery makes a person dependant on has lost, he would then
chance, luck and empty wishes taking him surely understand the
away from honest labour, serious work situation. Then if you turn away, you should know
and productive effort. The gambler loses We read in the papers that a charity that it is Our Messenger’s duty to convey
respect for the laws of caution that Allah firm who greatly in need of cash for (the Message) in the clearest way.
has established for the people. renovating their premises gathered a few The non-permissibility will encompass
In Islam an individual’s property is thousand pounds and were quiet happy everyone taking any part, whether it be
sacred; it may not be taken unless given to take the chance and gamble it in the selling, buying, playing or keeping a
willingly or by lawful exchange. The lottery. Had this amount been rightly used, vending machine. Muslims should refrain
Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam has it would have at least given some benefit. from it as much as possible. Because
said, “A person’s wealth is not halal but Because of this addiction, gambling gambling is a process in which a small
with his good pleasure. “ (Baihaqi, Dar-e- takes a person away from the remembrance sum of money is deposited with the greed
Qutni) of Allah resulting in negligence of his of possibly attaining a much greater sum,
What happens in lotteries is that duties towards his Creator. How correct it is very much appealing to the heart and
people’s wealth is gathered and then one is the Holy Qur’aan in mentioning drinking soul, hence it becomes very hard to even
of them takes the lot (e.g. £18 million in and gambling together in its verse, since want to believe that it is haraam.
the recent lottery draw). The money given their harmful effects are so similar. That is May Almighty Allah give us all the
to a certain person is not from the lottery why usually one is not found without the ability to act upon His commandments and
organisers in fact it is from individuals’ other. abstain from His prohibitions, Aameen.
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