Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Winning the lottery?
As-Salaamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullah
I am very tired of my circumstances. My family is very poor and there is much difficulty. Sir, will you please help me to win the lottery? I know it is Haraam but my situation is a very desperate one. If you were in my situation, you would understand.
Sister in Islam,
Wa-alaykumus Salaam wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakaatuhu
1.) We should understand that life in this world is a test – and that Allah Ta’ala will test us in respect to various conditions such as fear, hunger, loss in wealth and life, sickness, and so forth. However, Allah Ta’ala also gives glad tidings to those who bear these difficulties with patience.
You should always keep in mind that Allah Ta’ala does not burden a servant more than His servant can bear: Allah Ta’ala mentions this as well: "On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear…" (2:286)
2.) Winning the lottery is no solution to a Muslim’s problems. Haraam will only bring more problems and very severe Azaab (punishment) from Allah Ta’ala.
3.) Read the extract, on gambling, taken from one of my books, which I will include at the end of the letter. Insha-Allah, this will give an understanding of how grave the sin is.
4.) You and your family will have to check your lives and see if it is in conformity with Deen. Are all the family members punctual with Salaah five times a day? Is there abstinence from sins, such as music, television viewing, etc?
If not, you have to understand that problems must arise and they will increase, unless we resort to sincere repentance (Taubah) and become obedient to Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam). On obedience, Allah Ta’ala promises all kinds of blessings – in health, wealth and life.
5.) Make sincere Taubah, turn to Allah Ta’ala, beg of Him – Insha-Allah, conditions will become favourable.
6.) Are you in such dire and desperate circumstances where you do not have food at home, shelter, cannot pay for water and electricity, etc? If so, you should go to one of the Muslim welfare organizations in your area and ask for financial assistance and the members of the family should make some effort to obtain Halaal earnings. Home industry is a thriving business. The ladies in the family can sew, cook, bake or make something and sell from home. But poverty is no justification for the lottery.
7.) Allah Ta’ala mentions that after every difficulty there is ease. May Allah Ta’ala open doors of Halaal Rizq (sustenance) and grant ease and aafiyah, prosperity and plenty of happiness.
Was-Salaamu alaykum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakaatuhu
Yunus Patel (Maulana)
…There are those who, on reading of some person winning 6 million Rands in the lottery, desire to also buy a lottery ticket. And this desire increases in intensity when reflecting over so many digits in a winning. Once more, the command of Jihad is declared against the nafs.
I always say that a Muslim should consider every Haraam Rand, Dollar or Pound won in a lottery or in gambling or coming in any Haraam way (interest, fraud, theft, insurance, etc.) as one pig.
If we do not consider every Haraam Rand as a pig, then there is a weakness in our Imaan. If a person wins 6 million or 13 million Rands, Dollars or Pounds, we should consider that the person has won 6 million or 13 million pigs.
If a Muslim is told that he has won 6 million pigs, which are accommodated on a very large farm, then immediately that Muslim will say : ‘La haula wa la quwata illah Billlah’ – whereas, just as that pig is filth and Haraam, so too are the winnings of the National Lotto or any other form of gambling.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the understanding.
 Extract from the book, “Kicking the Habit”
 There is no Power and Might except with Allah.