What do religious people think of gambling

Games of chance and their dangers

بِسْمِ اللهِ الْرَّحْمَنِ الْرَّحِيمِ

انما يريد الشيطان ان يوقع بينكم العداوة والبغضآء في الخمر والميسر ويصدكم عن ذكر الله وعن الصلوة فهل انتم منتهون

[In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful]
“The devil only wants to sow enmity and hatred between you with gambling and alcohol. And keep yourselves from remembering Allah and from prayer. Do you want to stop now? "
[Surat Māida, verse 91]

Dear believers,

Allah created man in the most beautiful way and gave him intellectual gifts. But he did not leave people on their own. But also told him what is harmful and what is useful for him in his earthly life. For example, in the following verse of the Koran, He lets us know that games of chance are one of the sources of danger for human beings' individual and social life: “The devil only wants to sow enmity and hatred between you with gambling and alcohol. And keep yourselves from remembering Allah and from prayer. Do you want to stop now? "[1]

Dear brothers and sisters,

When we think of the term “games of chance”, we first think of games that are aimed at profit and where profit and loss are left to chance. Nowadays, in the course of technological change, we encounter a wide variety of forms and ways of gambling: lotteries, lotto and pools, horse races, betting games in general, internet games with and without money, etc. These forms of gambling are becoming more and more popular in society. We see people sometimes putting all their hopes in one form or another of gambling. In pursuit of profit in ways that are forbidden to them in Islam. Not only wasting your money, but also time, health and so much more in the hope that it will eventually work out.

It is with regret that we observe that, like drug or alcohol addiction, we are now also talking about the phenomenon of "gambling addiction". Nowadays, competitive games are popular with young people under the age of eighteen. Men as well as women - also the latter in a not to be underestimated extent - are genteel with one or the other kind of gambling. Let us only think of parents who buy a ticket or make some other stake in games of chance "on the luck" of their children and thus involve them. This should make us realize how low-threshold the spread of games of chance is.

It says in the Koran: "Oh you, who believe! Do not take each other astray and lose your wealth. It looks different when it comes to consensual trade. "[2] And a Hadis of our Prophet (saw) should point out the importance of honest merit in this context: "And nobody has ever had a better livelihood than their own earnings."[3]

Dear brothers and sisters,

Experts point out that the dependency on games of chance on the Internet is increasing day by day and that corresponding providers on the Internet cleverly place their banners and other advertisements on other websites. Parents in particular are warned of the dangers of such online offers by pointing out that young people start here with an initially harmless game, but can find themselves right in the middle of it before they know it.

We should know these initial moments or be aware of them. For us and our children. We should take care to stay away from gambling, if necessary, to refrain from it. And also to protect our children from it. Because for the individual as well as for society, games of chance and the greed that goes with it for undeserved earnings bring nothing but ruin. So follow the call of Allah, who, after telling us that gambling only leads to enmity and hatred, urges us: "Do you want to stop now ?!"[4]

May all stay away from this evil and may those caught in this swamp get out of here with the help of Allah!

[1] Māida, 5/91.
[2] Nisā 4/29.
[3] Buchārī, Buyu ‘, 15.
[4] Māida 5/91.

Ali Isbakan
Religious officer of the DITIB mosque in Bobingen