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gambling in video games


Assalam Walaikum
I hope you are doing okay, I’m a teenager who likes to play video games competitively or has made it a profession.
Now my question is that I often play matches in which both team declare a certain amount of money and the winner gets the money. I’ve read the definition of gambling but It says that all the games which includes luck and no effort are haram but in this we are doing some effort to achieve that and also the business and startups also relay on luck.
my question is that if i win a match like that and get money from opponent team is that money halal or haram? because i did effort to earn it. or playing a match in which someone is betting money is a gunnah or no? because im involved too.
I hope i’ll get a satisfactory reply from you
Sorry if there are grammar mistakes.
Allah hafiz.


In the Name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful.
Wa-Alaykum Assalam Wa Rahmtu-Allah,

This is considered to be gambling/betting and is not permissible. Please see question 2 here: Gambling

As for effort, many games and races that require significant effort and mental skill are also forbidden because they are associated with gambling or are tools that are associated with gambling. For example, poker is forbidden even if you do not bet on it because it is commonly known as a gambling game. Chess is forbidden according to Sayyid Sistani even if no betting is involved. Both these games require skill to be able to win!

S.L. Al-Hakim