Gambling in order to start a business

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

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.


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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