We know lottery is haram in islam. There are many people come to US through Diversity Visa (DV). This is specially true for many south asian country like Bangladesh. Although the application for the DV is totally free and no one is lossing any money. In this circumstances, is DV lottery will be considered halal or haram? If it is haram, then is that mean all the money that people (who came through DV) make in US with halal way also become haram?

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(Aug 17 '12 at 02:07) Al Ummat ♦ Al%20Ummat's gravatar image

I am not a scholar but I don't think it is haram - you are not gambling money. Calling it a lottery is simply the governments way of stating that people are chosen ramdomly. You are obeying the rules in applying to come legally. I think it not your fault the manner in which they choose the people to come.

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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 90-91:

O you who have believed! ‘Khamr’ (all types of intoxicants), ‘Maisir’ (all forms of gambling), idols, and divining arrows are all abominable works of Shaitaan; therefore, stay (far) away from these so that you may attain success. Indeed, Shaitaan seeks to sow enmity and hatred among you by means of ‘khamr’ (intoxicants) and ‘maisir’ (gambling), and to prevent you from the Remembrance of Allah and from Salaah. Will you not, then, abstain from these things?

The scholars of Islam are absolutely unanimous in their opinion that lotto is a clear manifestation of ‘maisir’ or gambling, and absolutely all forms and manifestations of gambling are prohibited in Islam. If one reads the above Command of the Lord Most High, one will realize that the All-Wise Lord has not used the term ‘Haraam’ (prohibited) for intoxicants and gambling, but the term used in the Quran to signify prohibition is ‘fajtanebu’ meaning stay far far away from it; which in the opinion of the good scholars implies the absolute hatred and detest of the Lord of these two abominable works of the Shaytaan!

The flesh of swine, blood, carrion, etc. are declared ‘haraam’ by the Lord in His Divine Revelations, but if a believer happens to be near or pass by these ‘haraam’ products, there is no harm and no sin. But for intoxicants and gambling, the Lord Most High has Commanded the believers to stay ‘far-far away from these’, which clearly signifies and implies that not only is it absolutely forbidden for the believers to indulge in these two abominations, it is a grave sin in the Sight of Allah to even approach or be near them!

answered 87218 TeenMuslim's gravatar image

Free or not it is Halal. You are not gambling. If you pay it is for the service only and you are paying to expect making money in return.

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