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Leasing out one’s premises to a bookmaker

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Q: I have a commercial property which I want to rent out and have a potential international tenant that wants to take the commercial property for rent. There business is a bookmaker. It conducts business through a chain of licensed betting shops all over the country. Is it allowed for me as a landlord to rent the shop to a business of this type?


A: Betting is gambling, and gambling is haraam.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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