National Lottery Is Haraam
Q: The National Lottery starts next month. can you please
state the Shar'ee position of gambling supported by Qur'aan and Hadeeth, so that Muslim
and sisters may become aware of the consequences of this sin?
A: Gambling falls within the category of major sins. verses were sent down touching upon the subject of gambling and in each of them it was condemned until finally it was completely forbidden by the following verse of Soorah Maa'idah:
O you who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, and idols and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination of Shaytaans work, so avoid them, so that you may get salvation. Shaytaans only desire is to precipitate enmity and hatred between you by means of intoxicant and gambling and bar you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. Will you then not abstain? (5: 90-91)
It is clear from this verse that gambling has in it the following evils:
If gambling consists of both internal and external harms, a Mu'min will definitely abstain from it. Allaamah Zahabirahmatullahi alayh states,
(Kitaab-ul-Kabaa'ir Page 88-89)
The Arabs in the days of ignorance had different forms of
gambling. In modern times too, there are dozens of types of gambling of which a very
is lottery. It is therefore of utmost importance tabstain from such a grave sin. May Allah save us all from those things which brings His displeasure.
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