Wednesday, November 14, 2012

AL-QIMAR OR GAMBLING- 3


Assalam oalaikum,


We have so far discussed about the factor of gambling that is present in insurance, which makes it anti-Islamic. Here let us see what Allah (saw) has decreed in the Holy Quran:
‘They ask you about wine and gambling. Say, ‘in them is great sin and (yet some) benefit for the people. But their sin is greater than their benefit. And they ask you about what they should spend. Say, ‘The excess (beyond needs). Thus, Allah makes clear to you the verses (of revelation) that you may give thought.  (TMQ: 2-219)

In the above mentioned verse, Allah (swt) has instructed us to refrain from acquiring monetary gains effortlessly from (any type of) gambling. The disadvantages of gambling outweigh its advantages as it degrades the moral character of human beings.

After the revelation of the Quranic verse 2-219 some people readily gave up these vices whereas some continued to indulge in wine-drinking and gambling.
However, the verses 5:90-91 ultimately declared wine-drinking and gambling as illicit.

‘O you who believe! Intoxicants and gambling and stones and divine arrows are only an infamy of Satan’s handiwork. Leave them aside in order that you may succeed. (TMQ: 5-90)

With the revelation of the Quranic verse 5:90 gambling was outlawed along with wine-drinking as both these vices have many similar properties.
Since insurance also has some features similar to gambling therefore the followers of Islam should consider insurance to be forbidden as well.

Keep Me In Your Prayers.
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

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