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Is gambling allowed in Islam?

The sections of this article are:

1-  Is gambling allowed in Islam?
2-  Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") should build a personal friendship and relationship with Allah Almighty.
3-  Conclusion.

  

The following entries are from Quran Moral Code (100s of them):

50 See also entry #258 below about Allah Almighty's prohibition of evil addictions, such as video games, porn, gambling, alcohol, etc...

All intoxicants including alcohol and drugs, and Gambling, divination, and sorcery, and all abominations are evil.  The same Noble Word for avoiding them was also used for idols false talk or speech, lying and false testimony (فاجتنبوا الرجس من الاوثان واجتنبوا قول الزور).

Allah Almighty said: "O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.  Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain? انما يريد الشيطان ان يوقع بينكم العداوة والبغضاء في الخمر والميسر ويصدكم عن ذكر الله وعن الصلاة فهل انتم منتهون   (The Noble Quran, 5:90-91)"

Eschew all abominations.  And will you not abstain from all abominations?  The abominations include all intoxicants, gambling and all harmful things.

Also, Gambling and alcohol are some of satan's tools to create enmity, hatred and disunity among the Believers, and to stop the Believers from remembering Allah Almighty and from Praying.  "Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?" (5:91) انما يريد الشيطان ان يوقع بينكم العداوة والبغضاء في الخمر والميسر ويصدكم عن ذكر الله وعن الصلاة فهل انتم منتهون

Allah Almighty calls unto all Muslims TO STOP all gambling and all intoxicants consumption: "eschew such (abomination)" and "will ye not then abstain?" فهل انتم منتهون.
 

2:219, 5:90-91, 22:30

  

258 Addictions:

Anything and everything which you do that becomes compulsive to you, dominates you, and becomes addictive to a point where you become glued to it and can't get yourself out of it is considered an addiction.  Allah Almighty defines it beautifully in the Glorious Quran as things satan uses to ويصدكم عن ذكر الله وعن الصلاة  "hinder you يصدكم from the remembrance of God, and from prayer" (The Noble Quran, 5:90-91).

So if you are unable to maintain remembrance of Allah Almighty and you are unable to perform your daily prayers due to evil compulsive and excessive things that you may have subjected and surrendered yourself to such as video games, porn, gambling, alcohol, etc..., then you suffer addiction.

  

To be addicted to anything evil or negative is forbidden in the Glorious Quran, and one must fight it off with all of his will, passion and power.  You must have a strong will:

You must "muster the means" (4:98) to fight your weaknesses.

"eschew such (abomination)" (5:90) and "will ye not then abstain?" (5:91) فهل انتم منتهون.

[004:097] The angels, when they took the souls of those who had been unjust to their own weal, demanded, "What hath been your state?" They said, "We were the weak ones of the earth." They replied, "Was not God's earth broad enough for you to flee away in?" These! their home shall be Hell, and evil the passage to it -

[003:139] Do not weaken and do not grieve. You will come up on top, if you are the believers.

[004:075] What is wrong with you? Why would you not fight for the sake of Allah on behalf of the weak and oppressed men, women and children? Those who pray (to Allah), “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town; its residents are cruel. Raise, by Your grace, an ally for us. Grant us by Your will a helper!”

You must not succumb, retire or surrender yourself to any evil.  Also, always fight the good fight; fight for the oppressed and fight injustice so no more tumult remains.  Yes, you can't always be victorious, but you must not ever given in or give up to evil, and you must always keep the good fight for Allah Almighty's sake in you at all time, and always put your trust and faith in Allah Almighty.  This is what Islam calls doing Jihad against yourself, which includes defeating and overcoming your weaknesses and temptations.  Do not allow yourself to ever become and addict.  The following is from Entry #50 above:

All intoxicants including alcohol and drugs, and Gambling, divination, and sorcery, and all abominations are evil.  The same Noble Word for avoiding them was also used for idols false talk or speech, lying and false testimony (فاجتنبوا الرجس من الاوثان واجتنبوا قول الزور).

Allah Almighty said: "O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.  Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain? انما يريد الشيطان ان يوقع بينكم العداوة والبغضاء في الخمر والميسر ويصدكم عن ذكر الله وعن الصلاة فهل انتم منتهون   (The Noble Quran, 5:90-91)"

Eschew all abominations.  And will you not abstain from all abominations?  The abominations include all intoxicants, gambling and all harmful things.

Also, Gambling and alcohol are some of satan's tools to create enmity, hatred and disunity among the Believers, and to stop the Believers from remembering Allah Almighty and from Praying.  "Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?" (5:91) انما يريد الشيطان ان يوقع بينكم العداوة والبغضاء في الخمر والميسر ويصدكم عن ذكر الله وعن الصلاة فهل انتم منتهون

Allah Almighty calls unto all Muslims TO STOP all gambling and all intoxicants consumption: "eschew such (abomination)" and "will ye not then abstain?" فهل انتم منتهون.

  

Allah Almighty's Forgiveness and Mercy are always there for the weak.  But you must be genuine and not false:

[004:098] Except for the men, women and children who are weak and oppressed! They are unable to muster the means (to migrate), and (therefore) find no way out.

[004:099] Perhaps, Allah will grant forgiveness to those (weak) ones. Allah is oft-Pardoning, and the most Forgiving!

You must "muster the means" (4:98) to fight your weaknesses.  Do not be false and easy target and prey for satan.  You can also fight addiction with fasting and praying to Allah Almighty, because they both strengthen your self-restraint:

[002:183] O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,-

[029:045] Recite what has been revealed to thee of the Book; and be steadfast in prayer; verily, prayer forbids sin and wrong; and surely the mention of God is greater; for God knows what ye do.

Always stay away from temptations that lead to evil and addiction رجس من عمل الشيطان فاجتنبوه:

[005:090] O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination)  رجس من عمل الشيطان فاجتنبوه, that ye may prosper.
 

4:97, 3:139, 4:75, 4:98-99, 2:183, 29:45, 2:219, 5:90-91, 22:30, 2:139, 2:160, 9:102, 4:17-18, 4:148, 5:39, 33:24, 18:103, 25:23, 2:167, 2:217, 3:22, 5:53, 7:147, 8:48, 9:17, 9:69, 14:18, 47:8, 14:021, 34:31-33, 40:47, 4:97-99, 31:18, 4:96-100, 14:20-23, 33:66-68, 34:31-33, 40:45-52, 2:193, 8:25, 8:39, 8:73

  

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Let us look at the following Noble Verses from the Noble Quran:

Allah Almighty said: "O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.  Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?   (The Noble Quran, 5:90-91)"

Eschew all abominations.  And will you not abstain from all abominations?  The abominations include all intoxicants, gambling and all harmful things.

"They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: "In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit." They ask thee how much they are to spend; Say: "What is beyond your needs." Thus doth God Make clear to you His Signs: In order that ye may consider-  (The Noble Quran, 2:219)"

As we clearly see from the above Noble Verses, Allah Almighty considered gambling as the work of Satan.  Satan is very tempting.  Many times we humans can not resist his temptations from doing evil things in life, such as illegal sex, alcohol, bribery, mistreatment of other people, etc....  Allah Almighty commanded us to stay away from gambling in Noble Verse 5:90; "Eschew such (abomination), That y may prosper."  and "will ye not then abstain?" in Noble Verse 5:91.  If any Muslim has any respect for Allah Almighty, then he/she should obey His Holy Commands so that he/she may prosper.

Some people claim that they gamble just for fun and don't spend a lot of money.  I believe that such people are doing a great sin, because they are not avoiding gambling, but instead they are using it for entertainment.  This may eventually drag them to become addicted to gambling and lose so much money on it, especially since they are gaining a "great sin" from it anyway.  My advise to such people is to seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty and to not go back to the casinos and gambling again, or else they may not "prosper" and end up losing much of their money.

Now some people argue that they go to Las Vegas for instance like once every two years, and spend a couple of hundred of dollars on gambling for entertainment and then go home without really wasting a great deal of money on it, which then to them it makes it not really sinful in Islam.  So in other words, they spend few hundred of dollars (say 600 for the sake of argument) every two years or every once in a great while on gambling.  

My response to them is that although Allah Almighty said that there is some profit for gambling in Noble Verse 2:219, but it's sin is greater.  So, even if this small amount of money spent every two years is not really that harmful to their budget, but they are still gaining a "great sin" according to the same Noble Verse just for practicing it.

Today Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") should set the example for all of Mankind.  I believe non-Muslims expect a lot of morals from Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more").  That is why they attach Islam to every Good and Evil thing that is done from Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more"), because they think that we live our lives 100% by the laws of Islam.

So, when Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") go frequently to casinos, then they are not really helping themselves to allow Allah Almighty to help them "prosper", and they are not giving the good impression about Islam. 

 

Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") should build a personal friendship and relationship with Allah Almighty:

We have to understand that Islam is not all about fearing Allah Almighty.  Yes of course we have to fear Him, but Islam is also about respecting Allah Almighty and building that personal friendship and relationship with Him.  If you respect Allah Almighty and respect His likes and dislikes in life, then He will become your personal friend, and He will always be there for you to make you feel better through His Holy Spirit, and to inspire you to make the right things and decisions: 

"Who can be better in religion than one who submits his whole self to God, does good, and follows the way of Abraham the true in Faith? For God did take Abraham for a friend.  (The Noble Quran, 4:125)"

"(O Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more")) Your (real) friends are Allah, His Messenger [Muhammad], and the (Fellowship Of) Believers, those who establish regular prayers and regular charity, and they bow down humbly (in worship).  (The Noble Quran, 5:55)

How can a person be a gambler and Allah Almighty's friend at the same time?  It's impossible.  So until we change what's inside of us and make ourselves better people in everything we do to please Allah Almighty with our righteous work, Allah Almighty will never help us, because He said: 

"Because God will never change the grace which He hath bestowed on a people until they change what is in their (own) souls: and verily God is He Who heareth and knoweth (all things).  (The Noble Quran, 8:53)"

  

Conclusion:

Gambling is a bad thing and Satan's work, because it causes the person to gain a "great sin" and to not "prosper".   Allah Almighty commanded the Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") to stay away from it.  If a Muslim wishes to build a personal friendship and relationship with Allah Almighty, then he/she must thrive to do righteousness and to always be the best example to both Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") and non-Muslims.

  

  

  

  

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