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They ask you about wine and gambling. Say: 'In them both lies grave sin, though some benefit, to mankind. But their sin is more grave than their benefit.'
It is stated in the Quran that intoxicants and games of chance, including maisir, were "abominations of Satan's handiwork," intended to turn people away from God and forget about prayer, thus Muslims were ordered to abstain from them.
O believers, wine and gambling, idols and divining arrows are an abhorrence, the work of Satan. So keep away from it, that you may prevail. Satan only deserves to arouse discord and hatred among you with wine and gambling, and to deter you from the mention of God and from prayer. Will you desist?
The only forms of gambling that the Prophet permitted was on archery contests, horse races, and camel races. However, only the participants in the event are permitted to make wagers with each other. It is forbidden for spectators to bet on these events.
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Whoever swears saying in his oath. 'By Al-lāt and al-‘Uzzá,' should say, 'None has the right to be worshipped but God; and whoever says to his friend, 'Come, let me gamble with you,' should give something in charity."—Sahih Bukhari, Book 78 (Oaths and Vows), hadith 645
- Quran 2:219
- Quran 5:90–91
- GamingZion - Iran Gambling Law News: Iran Gambling Laws Allow Three Forms of Sports Betting Retrieved on: March 31, 2011
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