Gambling; A Malicious Social Evil
What is Gambling?
Gambling is one of those social evils which are secretly eating our society like termites. It has caused to destroy thousands of families and individuals. Most of the gamblers start gambling with little amount of money considering it as a fun but as the time passes they get addicted to this scourge evil. Then it becomes difficult for them to leave. In gambling, a man loses most of his precious things usually money and this way gamblers face financial crises, which ultimately force them to obtain loans on interest.
With the aim to win a big prize, gamblers keep on sinking in the swamp of this scourge. They not only waste their time in Casinos (a place that facilitates gamblers to bet) but also get involved in other evils like smoking, drinking, intoxication, fornication and theft etc. Many gamblers also become ignorant of their jobs and businesses and their domestic life is also badly affected.
Commandments in the Holy Quran:
Allah عَزَّوَجَلّ mentions in the Holy Quran:
یَسْــٴَـلُوْنَكَ عَنِ الْخَمْرِ وَ الْمَیْسِرِؕ-قُلْ فِیْهِمَاۤ اِثْمٌ كَبِیْرٌ وَّ مَنَافِعُ لِلنَّاسِ٘-وَ اِثْمُهُمَاۤ اَكْبَرُ مِنْ نَّفْعِهِمَاؕ
Translation: They ask you about drinking and gambling. Say: “There is great harm in both, although there is some benefit for men, but their sin is greater than their benefit”
Just Ponder over the verse of the Holy Quran mentioned above. It has been clearly stated that betting is strictly forbidden. By gambling, a gambler not only establishes his enmity towards those whom he wins from and conversely gives birth to hate in his heart for those who win from him. Therefore this evil must be thrown away from the society.
Effects of Gambling on Personal Life:
Respect in the society; peace in the life; bonding of husband and wife; attitude and behavior in normal dealings get critically affected due to gambling. Gamblers become the patient of depressions.
Sometimes gamblers are arrested by law enforcement institutes, hence they pay huge amount of money for their relief. After being disappointed from all aspects, some gamblers have also been found to commit suicide attempts. People, sunk in the deepness of gambling, lose their rationality. As observed in present world they fail to judge between right and wrong, good and bad, favorable and unfavorable but also the intoxication of gambling makes them incapable to recognize the importance of relations.. Therefore it is our collective responsibility to wash out this malicious evil from our society. May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ save everyone from such evils! Ameen