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Are Muslims Allowed To Gamble?

Google, Islam & Muslims: Short answers to common questions.

No, Muslims are not allowed to gamble. The Holy Qur’an clearly states:

‘They ask thee concerning wine and the game of hazard. Say: “In both there is great sin and also some advantages for men; but their sin is greater than their advantage.”’ (2:220)

Here the phrase “game of hazard” (translated from the Arabic word “maysir”) refers to all forms of gambling or games of chance. Since the harms of gambling are greater than the benefits, it’s forbidden in Islam.

The Holy Qur’an further emphasises:

‘O ye who believe! wine and the game of hazard and idols and divining arrows are only an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. So shun each one of them that you may prosper.’ (5:91)

This is backed up by modern science. Having a problem with gambling is now considered an addictive disorder by the American Psychological Association

In fact, having a problem with gambling is now classified the same way as having a problem with cocaine, according to Cambridge University Press.

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