People have been gambling in many parts of the world since centuries ago. It had existed in Arabia during the time of jahiliyyah â€“ age of ignorance.
Once the Holy Prophet (saw), before proclaiming prophethood, was passing through the bazaar â€“market in Makkah where he saw how people gambled. He saw how Aas bin Hasham bet with Abu Lahab all his belongings one after another and losing them all. In the end, he was left with only his slaves and slave-girls whom he also placed in the stake hoping to win, but he also lost them all. Finally, still hoping to win and recover his losses, he placed himself on bet in slavery for ten years with his counter-part.
Read more... Al-Qimar (Gambling) - Part 2