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Q: What is the shari ruling on gambling. Is it actually mentioned in Surah Baqarah that it has some benefit for men?


A: The meaning of the verse is that although there are some benefits in it, the harms and evils far outweigh its benefits. Therefore, shariah has declared it haraam. Just as there are some benefits in consuming wine, however, since the harms and evils far outweigh its benefits, shariah has looked at the broader interest of man and hence, declared it haraam.

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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