A comment from Malaysia Kini on the legalization of sports betting in Malaysia:
Vincent Tan (the tycoon who obtained the sports betting license) was reported as asking why these Muslims groups are unhappy when the government has made it clear that Muslims are not allowed to bet.
No, Vincent Tan. It is not only the Muslims who are unhappy – most non-Muslims are unhappy, too. No sane non-Muslim will support your argument. We non-Muslims are with the Muslim groups asking the government to withdraw the betting licence.
A bit late here in Singapore as the sports betting is common, and the two casinos are already in operation, but relevant nonetheless.
A recent news report states:
UP FOR grabs: 4,500 gaming jobs such as croupiers, casino schedulers and pit supervisors.
Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, which is targeting to open by end of this year, is hiring staff in areas such as Table Games, Slots, Casino Finance, Player Development and Surveillance in the second recruitment drive later this month.
Out of these 4,500 openings, 1,500 will be for supervisory roles. And, as with the first phase of recruitment, the focus will be on Singaporeans.
Roughly 15% of the population in Singapore are Muslims. I wonder how many of them will be directly involved with those who are gambling, on an almost daily basis?
يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْخَمْرُ وَالْمَيْسِرُ وَالأَنصَابُ وَالأَزْلامُ رِجْسٌ مِنْ عَمَلِ الشَّيْطَانِ فَاجْتَنِبُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
“O You who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, al-Ansâb (dedication of stones), and al-Azlâm (arrows for seeking luck or decision) are an abomination of Shaitân’s (Satan’s) handiwork. So avoid (strictly all) that (abomination) so that you may be successful.” (Al-Maa’idah:90)
The Prophet SAW said:
كُلُّ لَحْم نَبَتَ مِنْ حَرام فَالنَّار أَوْلَى بِهِ
“Each meat (in the body) grown from a haram source, then hellfire has precedence over it.”