Is It Lawful to Enter Into a Draw Which a Supermarket Offers?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

1. Is it lawful to enter into a draw which a supermarket offers for free after you have done shopping of a specific amount?

2. Are loyalty programs lawful?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

1. This would only be interdicted and considered gambling if there is a risk of loss of wealth. In other words, if entry into a raffle is free without an individual staking some money – even if merely as an entry fee -, it would be permissible.

2. Yes, loyalty programs are permissible. For details please see:

Are Rewards Programs Offered by Credit Cards Permissible?

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.