Question 7: Some Islamic and non-Islaamic magazines and newspapers hold meaningful competitions, which include various questions that require readers to give correct answers to them to get prizes. The prizes are given to the winning participants by drawing lots. However, it is a condition of these competitions that the answers have to be sent attached to coupons that are cut out of a magazine or the newspaper, which obliges participants to buy the magazine or the newspaper to get this coupon, and they may win or lose.
What is the ruling of the Sharee’ah (Islaamic law) on participating in competitions that stipulate sending these coupons along with the answers, which entails buying the magazine in order to win? Is this considered to be a form of gambling or lottery, or not? May Allaah reward you with the best! I hope that you will answer mentioning the evidence and discuss it. Al-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa baraakatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)
Answer: This transaction is a form of gambling, because the participants may win or lose. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says… read more here.