Lottery and betting

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: Is it allowed in Islam to use money which is gained from speculative transaction like lottery, shares, horse race, betting etc?


A: It is impermissible for a believer to have any involvement in lottery, betting, horse race, as it revolves around gambling, and gambling has been declared haraam in Islam. As far as purchasing shares is concerned, if the company one invests in deals in halaal, then it will be permissible to purchase shares in such a company. If the company deals in haraam, then it will not be permissible to purchase shares in such a company.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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