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    "Loser's treat"

    The understanding is that gambling/betting on outcomes of events/things is considered haraam because it has potential for losses, or gains from something they didn't really 'work for', compulsive behaviour and/or mental stress. Is that right (and exhaustive) from an Islamic perspective?

    What about situations such as a game, of say basketball, where one's a participant in a 'loser treats to lunch' game or shooting some pool where the 'loser pays'? What's the situation here, as this is something the player could win by playing well; but at the same time there is an equal chance of loss?

    I'd appreciate any input.

    I don't think there can be any problem with such friendly wagers. After all 'winning' is essential for competition which in turn is essential for human progress. And I don't think any religion or God will say anything against human progress.

    What about the card dealers in casinos? they are working for a livelihood and not gambling themselves - will that be considered bad?


      i think it wud be better if u let a muslim answer something that is directed towards muslims....
      and as a muslim, i say that even the loser's treat comes under gambling and betting and is HARAAM....
      Both Halal & Haram r evident but between them r doubtful things, most ppl have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from suspicious things saves his religion & honor, & whoever indulges in suspicious things indulges in Haram.