Participating in a competion

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Q: Is it permissible to take part in a competition where you have to buy an item and they ask you to sms a secret code inside the wrapper? Will this be regarded as gambling as you are paying towards the competition due to the fact that you first have to buy the item although it is selling at the normal price?


A: If one did not purchase the item with the intention of the competition rather for one’s personal use, then it will be permissible.

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

القاعدة الثانية: الأمور بمقاصدها (الاشباه والنظائر 1/31)

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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