Betting on Shariah matters



I would like to ask whether betting on Shariah matters is allowed due to the Hadith about the prophecy of the Roman win as predicted in the Quran, when someone bet 7 years for the win to happen and then the Prophet (PBUH) told him to extend by 2 yr.



The answer is no, as the bet mentioned in the hadith took place before the categorical prohibition of gambling, as mentioned by Ibn Mas`ud, Qatada, al-Zuhri, and al-Kalbi in the Tafsirs of Yahya b. Sallam, Tabari, Ibn Abi Hatim, Abu al-Layth al-Samarqandi and others. Friendly risk-taking promissory wagers may be placed only on the outcomes of horse or camel racing, and archery contests because these were mentioned specifically in the Hadith as permitted.

Hajj Gibril Haddad

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