I have relative who want to do Istikhara for his business. we are doubtfull because he want to do Istikhara for a business which has also Lottery machine(gambling) installed.

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Lottery is not the main business but its a part. Their main business in the store is like selling candy’s . every day use things like dairy products, water, bread, napkins, kitchen stuff etc. His opinion is that its very difficult to find grocery/retail store without this lottery machine(gambling).Its not the main business but attractiion for the customers. Is it Ok if we do istikhara for him.


Gambling is expressly prohibited in the Qur’aan. It is not permissible to gamble or be part of gambling in any way whatsoever. That includes installing a gambling machine in one’s business.

It is not permissible to run a business in which one is required to have a lottery machine. That is assisting in sin. Allah Ta’ala states, ?And do not assist in sin.? (Maaidah)

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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