Cash prize draw as an incentive to complete a survey

Q: To encourage consumers to fill out a survey, we offered entry into a cash prize draw as an incentive if you complete the survey. 5 respondents will each win a certain amount of money. After capturing the respondents details, my systems crashed and I lost all the data, I tried everything I could and there is no way of retrieving that data. What do I do ? I have no way of knowing who completed the survey, so how do I choose five winners. Is this form of incentive permissible?


A: Yes.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

( حل الجعل ) … ( إن شرط لمال ) في المسابقة ( من جانب واحد وحرم لو شرط ) فيها ( من الجانبين ) لأنه يصير قمارا الخ (الدر المختار 6/402)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)