The Islamic religion strictly prohibits gambling and its related activities, including betting on horses. This is due to the fact that, according to Islamic teachings, gambling is considered a form of chance-taking and a form of riba, which is usury and considered forbidden in Islam. While some Muslims may consider horse racing as a form of entertainment, it is still seen as a form of gambling and is therefore not allowed.
But does that mean that all Muslims are completely prohibited from participating in horse racing? The answer is not so straightforward. While there is a general consensus that gambling is forbidden in Islam, there is still some debate on the matter and some Muslims may allow certain types of gambling activities such as horse racing.
What Does the Qur’an Say About Gambling?
The Qur’an is the holy book of Islam and contains the teachings of Allah. In the Qur’an, Allah clearly states that gambling and all forms of chance-taking are haram (forbidden). He says, “O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, [sacrificing on] stone alters [to other than Allah], and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.” (Qur’an 5:90).
The Prophet Muhammad also said, “He who plays with dice, it is as if he has put his hand in the flesh and blood of swine” (Hadith 10:89). The Prophet also warned against gambling, saying, “If anyone gambles, he should know that he is committing an evil act” (Hadith 11:99).
Therefore, it is clear that gambling is forbidden in Islam and this includes any form of betting, including horse racing.
Are There Any Exceptions?
Despite the clear prohibition of gambling in Islam, some scholars have argued that certain types of gambling, such as horse racing, may be allowed. This argument is based on the principle that some forms of gambling, such as horse racing, are based on skill and not just chance.
For example, in horse racing, the competitors are usually experienced riders and the horses are carefully trained and cared for. This means that the outcome of the race is not entirely based on luck, but rather on the skill of the riders and the condition of the horses.
In addition, some scholars have argued that horse racing can be seen as a form of entertainment and not necessarily a form of gambling. This means that betting on horses can be seen as a form of entertainment, rather than a form of gambling.
In conclusion, it is clear that gambling is strictly prohibited in Islam and this includes betting on horses. However, some scholars have argued that certain types of gambling, such as horse racing, may be allowed due to the fact that it is based on skill and not just chance. Ultimately, it is up to the individual Muslim to decide if they will participate in horse racing or not.