The rate at which gambling centers are multiplying is saddening and people are rushing towards it as if it is permissible. Little by little they forgot that it is prohibited.
Know you my beloved that gambling is a 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 or internet (soccer bet), PlayStation at Barbershops, centenary lottery etc. The saddest thing is that some nations even legalized gambling. This has affected the lives of many youths to the extent that they believe it’s the way to their success. And you see them even women queuing at the doors of these places at early hours of the day.
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 methods) 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
We ask Allaah to grant us success in this world and hereafter.
…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth