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Betting with two different rewards

Fatwaa ID: 1918

Question:
السلام علیکم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Is it permissible to have a bet (with two different rewards) as follows

If Zayd wins, they’ll receive $20 from Abdullah

But if Abdullah wins, Zayd has to give Abdullah a chocolate

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

The above will not be permissible. The element of gambling is found. Each person puts a risk of loss on his wealth to potentially earn something. Having two different rewards does not change the reality of the situation.

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

05/02/1445 AH – 11/16/2023 CE | AML1-8531

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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