Yesterday, a fatwa* was released by the official fatwa center in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi declaring that ‘lucky draws’ in which one buys a coupon to win a car, for example, is considered as gambling, therefore haram or unlawful in Islam.
* fatwa – an Islamic religious ruling, a scholarly opinion on a matter of Islamic law.
According to the fatwa,
It is not permissible to buy a coupon of a specific amount for the purpose of entry in a draw for a car, because it is a prejudice, so it is a sort of gambling.
So the question of many is, how about when supermarkets or department stores give out coupons to win a car with a certain amount of purchase? Is that illegal too?
One who gets coupons for a draw as a result of buying goods from a shop, where the intention of the person was to buy the goods alone; and the coupons merely came along with the purchase, then it is allowed.
All good. I have more than a hundred coupons from a supermarket entered to win a Mercedez Benz.