Nasihah (Advice): Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Abbas (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that the Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to one Sahabi, “You have two qualities that Allah loves, tolerance and composure”. (Sahih Muslim, Hadith #: 25)
Question and Answer:
Q. Here in Canada we have Roll up the rim coffees whereby when you buy a coffee, when you roll up the rim, it may or may not give you a free coffee. Isn’t this tantamount to gambling?
(Query published as received)
A. Since you are receiving something specific in lieu of your money (the cup of coffee) and the intention is generally to purchase the cup of coffee regardless of winning an extra cup or not, it will be permissible. If after rolling up the rim you discover that you’ve won an additional cup of coffee, the coffee will be permissible.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians