This is another major sin which leads to enmity, dispute, negligence of one’s duty towards Allaah and family etc. It has been modified by shaytaan and presented in different forms; playing with cards/chess/dice, who wants to be a millionaire, gambling through network operators(mtn, airtel etc) or internet (1960bet.com, nairabet) and even centenary lottery. The saddest thing is that some nations even legalized gambling. This has also affected the lives of many youths to the extent that they believe it’s the way to their success.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), and gambling, and Al-Ansaab (stone altars for sacrifices to false gods) and Al-Azlaam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaytaan’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful” [al-Maa’idah 5:90]
“These cards(and other gambling method) have an effect on society, for the bonds of a strong society are achieved by means of two things: following the commands of Allaah and heeding His prohibitions. A society disintegrates when it neglects any of those duties or does any of those things that are forbidden. These cards (gambling) form one of the factors which have an effect on society. They cause people to neglect prayer in congregation, and they generate alienation, breaking of ties, hatred and negligence through the committing of haraam actions, and they make people too lazy to earn a living.” Fataawa Islamiyyah , 4/436
…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth