Enormities: Gambling

This is another article in the chapter Enormities from the classical manual on Sharia called Reliance of the Traveller. The articles are posted one by one in the order they are given in the book.

p71.0 GAMBLING
p71.1 Allah Most High says:
“Wine, gambling, idols, and fortune-telling arrows are but filth of the Devil’s handiwork, so shun it, that you may succeed. The Devil only wants to create enmity and hatred between you over wine and gambling, and to prevent you from remembering Allah and from prayer. Will you not then desist?” (Koran 5:90-91).
p71.2 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,
“Whoever says to his companion, “Come, I will play you for stakes, must expiate by giving charity,”
If merely saying this is a sin that calls for charity in expiation, what must one suppose about actually doing it? It is a form of consuming others’ wealth through falsehood.

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