Gambling was rampant during the Jahilliyah period and unfortunately even in the present era it is prevalent in various forms. Let us analyze gambling in the light of the Holy Quran.
Gambling has been described as Satan’s handiwork in the Holy Quran.
Allah (swt) says in Surah Ql-Ma’idah-
‘O you who believe! Intoxicants, gambling, Al-Ansab and Al-Azlam (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) in order that you may be successful. (TMQ- 5:90)
In this verse Allah (swt) has Commanded mankind to steer clear of gambling (and intoxicants) if they wished to succeed. Gambling is surely destructive and once a person gets addicted to it then he will not mind using his wife also as a stake. There have been a plethora of cases wherein after blowing all their money, the compulsive gamblers stooped low enough to use their wife as a stake. This simply shows that gambling is a disgusting addiction which can leave behind a trail of destruction. The addiction of gambling also goes hand in hand with other vices such as alcoholism and crime.
The next verse of the Holy Quran, i.e. 5:91 reveals about the evil plan of Satan.
“Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?” (TMQ-5:91)
In this verse Satan stands exposed. This verse highlights three reasons why Satan tries to entice mankind into the addiction of gambling.
Satan wants to create enmity amongst people so that he can destroy world peace.
Satan aims to distract mankind from the worship of their Creator.
Satan wants to avert people from As-Salaah.
With this agenda on his mind Satan tries to lure people towards the vice of gambling by trying to make this sin seem to be very appealing, lucrative and a fun-filled activity. The aftermaths of gambling are quite common. I shall list some of them here to show how Satan lays down a trap to fool people:
Since the gamblers are mostly alcoholics so they indulge in physical violence and break law often.
Gambling can cause depression and mental stress which affects family life, thereby leading to domestic violence and divorce.
Gambling addiction is a vicious circle which can bring about bankruptcy, employment problems and monetary setbacks.
Now it is up to us whether we hold fast to the Quranic teachings and understand the aftermaths of gambling or whether we succumb to the cunning ploy of Satan, who is the deadliest enemy of mankind.
Keep Me In Your Prayers,