Islam is a religion which has banned the followers from partaking in certain illicit and immoral activities which have unfortunately plagued the society that we live in now. One of these acts is Gambling.
Any kind of gamble which would cause an irreparable wound in the social life of an individual has been deemed haram in Islam. Over the ages, gambling has been done primarily using playing cards.[irp]
For those of you who may not know playing cards are the card sets which feature 4 Aces, 4 Kings, 4Queens, 4 Jacks and a complete set of number under all the Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks.
We believe that until the game does not involve money, the game can be played just like any other board game or any other game. However, it would be wise to see where you whip out the playing cards for a few hands and consider if some people might find it offensive.
Well, a news story has been reported where the Security forces and respective authorities in Madina City have held a group of 4 brothers, who are aged between 10 and 17.
The four brothers have been held as they were playing with cards while sitting inside of the Prophet’s Mosque. In accordance with the statement made by the Major General Fahd Al Ghannam, who is the official spokesman for the Madinah police department.
The action was taken after the picture of the 4 boys playing cards in the mosque went viral thanks to the various social media platforms used by millions of Muslims from around the world.
The first round of the investigations has stated that the young boys were only waiting for their families and were not gambling.
Later on, all four were released by the security forces in a polite way after giving them teachings how important is the time they are spending in the Masjid al Nabawi. They should respect this time and spend it in prayers rather wasting it in playing cards.
The purpose of sharing the story is just to educate people that they should not spend their precious time in this kind of activities. The entire Muslim world spends thousands of dollars to come to Masjid al Nabawi. If we have been born and brought up in this blessed region, we should not take it for granted.
Source: Arab News