Q: Would it be permissible to play the lotto in order to use the money as a loan to start a business. Once a profit is made, the money equaling the lotto amount will be given away.
A: This is gambling. How can it be permissible for one to gamble with the intention of giving portion of the amount in charity and benefiting from the rest.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)