Farsideology: Lesson 12 - Horse Racing - Part 1
Today, children, we will study horse racing in Islam. In particular, we will study the horse racing legacy left to us by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I will list and comment on five aspects of his horse racing legacy. In the following passage from the Musnad of Iman Ahamed bin Hanbal, we can see that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) loved his horse Subbah and that he had an insatiable desire to bet on the ponies. Class, let’s recite fifty times the passage:
Anas was asked, Did you bet during the time of the Prophet? Did the Prophet bet? “Yes” Anas replied. By Allah, he bet on a horse called Subbah. The horse won the race and the Prophet was very pleased about it. source
Sahih Bukhari Vol. 1, Book 8, No. 412: Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: Allah's Apostle ordered for a horse race; the trained horses were to run from a place called Al-Hafya' to Thaniyat Al-Wada' and the horses which were not trained were to run from Al-Thaniya to the Masjid (mosque of) Bani Zuraiq.
Allah's Apostle established the first Islamic horse race. All future generations of Muslims, who gather around the race track to place their wagers, should be thankful to Muhammad (pbuh). All praise be to Allah!
Sunan Abu Dawud Book 14, No. 2568: Narrated AbuHurayrah: The Prophet said: Wagers are allowed only for racing camels, or horses or shooting arrows.
Sunan Abu Dawud Book 14, No. 2573: Narrated AbuHurayrah: The Prophet said: If one enters a horse with two others when he is not certain that it cannot be beaten, it is not gambling; but when one enters a horse with two others when he is certain it cannot be beaten, it is gambling.
Sunan Abu Dawud Book 14, No. 2575: Narrated Imran ibn Husayn: The Prophet said: There must be no shouting or leading another horse at one's side. Yahya added in his tradition: When racing for a wager.
Sunan Abu Dawud Book 14, No. 2539: Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet said: The most favoured horses are the sorrel.
Write a 1000 word essay comparing the western style of racetrack betting to the Saudi Arabian style of betting. source
As Saudi Arabia is a nation of devout Islamic faith, liquor and gambling are prohibited. Therefore, a lottery has been introduced into horse racing. The horse racing fans write down their names and the names of the horses that they think will win each race on a ballot paper provided and then place the ballots into a designated ballot box. The ballot paper is attached to the racing program and can be obtained by paying the entrance fee of SR 10 (about 350 yen). Alternatively, one can use the recently introduced telephone ballot system, for which a fee of SR 6 (about 210 yen) is charged for each ballot call. Thirty-five percent of this goes to the telephone company as the toll call charge and the remaining (65%) is added to the prize money. The lottery is financed with the money collected through the telephone ballot system and the money collected as entrance fees. In addition to the prize money, the winners may receive gifts from the sponsor(s), in a drawing held in the paddock, immediately after the race.
Farsideology is a collection of FFI Forum posts submitted by user Farside.
|Farsideology Home||What people say about Farsideology: "Lol! It really made my day." (more comments)|