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Betting to get better grades

Fatwaa ID: 1784

Question:
Assalāmu ‘Alaykum,

If one were to make a deal with his friend in regards to academic studies along the lines of, “If I do bad this semester, I’ll pay you, and if you do bad this semester, then you’ll pay me” intending for it to not necessarily be a “bet” but more-so for the sake of feeling responsibility and motivation when it comes to performance. Would this be permissible, or would this fall under gambling?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The above is not permissible. The above will fall under gambling. There is a chance of you losing money as well as gaining money. Alternatively, you may consider donating to a charity, “If I do bad this semester, I will donate x amount to x charity”. Charity however is not only for this. When a person does good, he should also give charity as a token of expressing his gratitude.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

03/11/1445 AH – 09/27/2023 CE | AMG1-3475

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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