Praise be to Allaah.
Gambling is haraam because Allaah has forbidden it, and
He rules as He wills. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic
drinks), gambling, al-Ansaab [sacrifices for idols, etc.] and al-Azlaam [arrows for
seeking luck or decision] are an abomination of Shaytaan’s handiwork. So avoid
(strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful.
Shaytaan wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with
intoxicants (alcoholic drink) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allaah
and from al-salaat (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?”[al-Maa’idah
With regard to the wisdom behind this prohibition, any wise person
will see that there are many reasons for it, including the following:
Gambling makes a person rely on accidents, luck and wishful thinking for
his earnings, instead of hard work, the sweat of his brow and paying respect to the ways
prescribed by Allaah.
Gambling destroys families and causes the loss of wealth through haraam
means. It makes rich families poor and humiliates proud souls.
Gambling results in enmity and hatred among the players, because they
are consuming one another’s wealth unlawfully and getting wealth unlawfully.
Gambling turns people away from the remembrance of Allaah and from
prayer, and pushes the players to have the worst of attitudes and habits.
Gambling is a sinful hobby that wastes time and effort, and makes people
get used to laziness and idleness. It stops the ummah from working and producing.
Gambling pushes people to commit crimes because the one who is penniless
wants to get hold of money in any way he can, even if he has to steal it or take it by
force, or through accepting bribes and cheating.
Gambling causes stress, illness and nervous breakdowns. It breeds hatred
and in most cases leads to crime, suicide, insanity and chronic illness.
Gambling pushes the gambler to bad behaviour such as drinking alcohol
and taking drugs. The atmosphere in which gambling takes place is dimly lit and filled
with cigarette smoke; people talk in hushed voices and whispers, and sneak in and out as
if they are up to no good. They come in hesitantly, filled with suspicion, and gather
around the green table, breathing uneasily and with their hearts pounding. They are
supposed to be friends playing a game, but in reality they are enemies, each of them lying
in wait for the other and trying to make gains at the expense of the other and his
children. The owner of the place tries to numb the feelings of all participants by
offering dreamy music, fallen women, all kinds of drinks and cigarettes. The green table
is surrounded with cheating and deception. The waiters and girls may tell one player about
another player’s cards, helping one player to beat another by means of nods and
whispers. Sometimes they achieve a kind of balance to make sure the game carries on and
people stay for longer. No doubt everyone loses in the end, they lose the money they spend
on drinks and cigarettes, the money they give to the waiters, the money they spend on
drinks for the girls, and all kinds of other losses. Even the one who wins all or most of
the games loses all or most of his winnings, and the loser loses everything. And at the
end of the night, they all sneak away, showing the signs of depression and humiliation,
and the loser warns the winner to look out the next day. (Ahmad Shalabi, al-Hayaat
al-Ijtimaa’iyyah fi’l-Tafkeer al-Islami, p. 241)
How many families have become poor because of gambling?
How many mouths have gone hungry, how many bodies have become naked or been clothed in
nothing but rags? How many marriages have failed, how many jobs have been lost, because of
a person who stole money to support his gambling habit? How many men have sold their
religion and honour at the gambling table? Gambling destroys everything, even when the aim
is money. It includes wine, smoking, bad company, darkness, confusion, cheating, hatred,
watching for opportunities to take advantage of others, deception and all other kinds of
evil.(Qadaayaa al-Lahw wa’l-Tarfeeh, p. 388)
We ask Allaah to keep us safe and sound.