Allah ta’aalaa has blessed us with innumerous gifts and favours, one of which is wealth. The Ahaadeeth of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam encourage a Muslim to earn this favour of wealth through Halaal means and spend it in causes which bring the Pleasure of Allah. If Halaal wealth is a source of blessings, mercy, comfort, peace and tranquillity, then Haraam wealth will bring calamities, misfortunes and harm from all four sides.
Wealth acquired through gambling is unlawful and the Qur’aan and Ahaadeeth have condemned the act of gambling which brings loss, not only in the life Hereafter, but also in this very world. It is explicitly clear from the verses of the Qur’aan and the Ahaadeeth of Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam that:
- Gambling is a major sin,
- All forms of gambling are prohibited,
- The harms of gambling are far more greater than its paltry benefits,
- It is from Shaytaan’s work,
- It creates hatred and enmity amongst gamblers,
- It prevents the gambler from the remembrance of Allah and Salaat,
- Success lies in abstaining from this evil.
In this materialistic western society, where material gains and achievements play a vital role in each individual’s life, the commands of Allah regarding Halaal and Haraam are being neglected. Earning Halaal livelihood and protecting one’s self from Haraam has become one of the most difficult tasks, even for those who are considered religious. Greed for wealth is dictating everyone’s life and each person very easily becomes the victim of the nafs and Shaytaan. The latest example is the evil of the National Lottery which has attracted the attention of all, old and young alike.
The startling figures of Muslims indulging in this great sin led me to make a firm resolution to expose the harms and evil of this great sin verbally and in writing. Some articles, along with bayaans on various occasions in different parts of the country, were published in Riyaadh ul Jannah. However, there was ,still a need to publish a leaflet or booklet on this subject for free distribution throughout the UK. I was in the process of collecting material from authentic sources on this subject when my friend Maulana Ismail Patel presented to me a copy of a scholarly article by the late Mufti Muhammad Shafee Saheb rahmatullahi alayh on this subject, translated by Jamiatul Ulama (Natal). It would have been definitely difficult, if not impossible to prepare or find such a comprehensive andunique work on this particular subject.
I appeal to my Muslim Brothers and Sisters to read this book with great care and attention and abstain from this great evil. Remember! Wealth is a gift from , Allah; it is a trust regarding which we will be questioned on the Day of Qiyaarnah as to how it was earned and where it was spent.
It is not wealth that brings happiness; instead it is the Pleasure of Allah that guarantees peace, happiness, success, tranquillity and contentment of the heart. Whosoever desires the transit0 y things of this world, We will readily give him therein that which We will for whom We please. And afterwards We have appointed Hell for him; he will burn therein, disgraced, rejected.
And whosoever desires the Hereafer and strives for it with the effort necessary, being a believer, for such their effort will find favour (with their Lord). (1 7:18-19)
Muhammad Sdeem Dhorat,
Sha’baan 1415/January 1995