Category: Business Matters
Fatwa#: 41297
Asked Country: Pakistan

Answered Date: Jan 08,2019

Title: Is playing a lottery game using virtual currency/points halal or haram?

Question

Is playing a lottery game using virtual currency/points halal or haram?

There's a book website I am a member of, in which the community holds a lottery game each week, using virtual points that you don't have to pay for. And you can't earn real money either, just these virtual points.

Spending these points can give you access to more features. These points can be earned in lots of other ways as well, such as being active on the website and members often gift them to other members, especially new ones, as a friendly and welcoming gesture.

Seeing as there is no real money involved, only virtual points, is this kind of lottery halal or haram?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The information provided is not sufficient for us to issue a ruling. We require more details for us to issue a ruling.

You may send us the specific book website you are referring to in the query, also clarify whether one has to pay a membership fee or not.

Send your reply to admin@daruliftaa.net Reference: Mahmood Baig

 

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mirza Mahmood Baig

Student Darul Iftaa

Jeddah, KSA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 

For more details on lottery and gambling, see the following links:

http://www.askimam.org/public/question_detail/18361

http://www.askimam.org/public/question_detail/17897          

 

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