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MODERN GAMBLING: A DELUSION TO DESTRUCTION

There are some designated destructions that some people either deliberately or ignorantly get trapped in; and sooner or later, regrets set in and had I known will be the sore to be nursed. Gambling in Islamic terminology refers to as Maisir. It is an activity of playing game of chance for money and of betting on horses etc. (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary 643)Gambling is understood to be derived from Anglo-Saxon,’gamon’ therefore means sport or play (Salamon et’al 1)

Historical Background                                                                  

Playing games are part of human life, but game of chance, gambling and defrauding are detested by civilsed customs and Devine religions. Gambling is therefore believed to be as old as the dawn of civilization and have been used to facilitate decision making in military operations, ceremony, liturgy and economics (Morgenstem (1973 in Salamon3).The Encyclopedia Britannica(77) asserts that the casting of lots is said to have been purposely utilized to end disputes, to divide or distribute property or divine God’s Will .In the eyes of religions ,especially Islam and Christianity, gambling and or game of chance  remains the root of disputes, grudges, misunderstanding, trouble, war, enmity, disunity, malice, discordant, rifts etc’, hence the Devil plays a major role in the game.

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Religious’ views

Islam approves legal business transactions so long no element of Haram is involved. O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth (that is) lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitan .Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy9Q2:186). According to some Christians, they believe that the Holy Bible does not condemn gambling because there is no direct verse that does so. Bill Bennett, author of books such as the Book of virtues who decided to quit casino gambling because he never thought of gambling as immoral.

In the same manner, Kerby Anderson J. an author, lecturer and adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary was one of those who discerns by contrasting the corner stone principles of the Scriptures with those associated with gambling. Proverb 13:11 says: wealth gained hastily will dwindle; but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Another Biblical quotation says: For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs(Timothy 6:10 ) This Qur’anic verse draws a distinction between legal business and gambling mixed up for a legal one. Allah says: O you who have the work believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling (sacrificing on) stone alters (to other than Allah), and divining arrows are but defilement from of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful (Q5:90) In a Clear term, the Noble Qur’an states how satanic gambling can destructive!

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From Delusion to Destruction

Shall we answer this puzzle? Who prays or wishes to lose his valuable? How will feel if, for example, your bank account manager send you a message such as this?: your account has just been frozen to zero Naira, Dollar,  Cedies, Riyal, Rubis etc .Bitter or happy? That is exactly the condition you fix those whom you gamble their monies or properties. The destruction caused for the gamblers and the family members around them include the following:

(1)Becoming irresponsible and the children and wives suffer in-considerably;

(2)He turns to a debtor while many of his customers chase him to pay his indebtedness, including land lords/land ladies;

(3)His friend will galvanize him into drinking to stupor, perhaps keeps late night or pick hustling side chicks;

(4)He borrows from all and sundry with the hope of winning a game one day till the day comes not;

(5)Some secondary school students interviewed were found at the gambling houses, during the school hours, wasting considerable time of their lives playing game of chances on sports while others were in classes, learning. The Muslims among them refused to observe their prayers while the Christian students enjoyed the gaming time;

(6)Other vices such as lying, fabrication, stealing, gangsterism, acting-out, fraud are accomplished by the act of gambling;

(7)In some cases, some married men stylishly steal their wives’ money while adolescents and mature children steal their parents’ money in order to gamble;

(8)Gambling causes enmity between and among players especially when there is a winner and a loser. The winner becomes happier while the loser becomes sad ; and

(9)The act of gambling like other sister sins(intoxicant, sacrificing on stone alter, and the use of divining arrows are Satanic, they cause animosity and hatred, non constant remembrance of Allah; all which attract Allah’s punishment. Isn’t it high time gamblers stopped?

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