Malaysia’s mufti calls out lockboxes as gambling, states buying them is not permissible in Islamic religion

    
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To appreciate this story, one has to first understand the concept behind a mufti and performing something that’s against the religion of Islam. A mufti, as explained by Wikipedia, is a group of “Islamic jurists qualified to issue a nonbinding opinion (fatwa) on a point of Islamic law,” determining whether doing something is against the religion, otherwise known as haram. So bear this in mind when you read the news that the Malaysian Federal Territories Mufti’s Office released a statement calling out lockboxes as gambling, which is haram.

“Ownership (of said items) is only valid by placing a bet. If luck is on the players’ side, they can obtain the items by opening only one loot box. However, it is possible that players will not be able to get the items (they want) even after dozens of attempts. […] Such a concept (loot boxes) is prohibited in Islam because it contains elements of gambling.”

The mufti’s opinion singles out PUBG Mobile in specific (referencing Unknown Cash in its statement), while Malaysia’s other most popular mobile game, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, also has lootboxes in it. The mufti’s office is advising Muslim players to avoid buying keys to open lootboxes and is advising those who have bought keys already to repent regardless whether they did it on purpose or not.

source: Facebook via IGN SEA
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Utakata

I suspect gambling is a taboo with many religions. That said, I’d rather they use a more separation of church and state approach in dealing with this instead of declaring it evil because their religion told them it was bad.

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Peregrine Falcon

Wait. So you agree that lockboxes are bad. But you don’t like the fact that religion (whose literal job it is to protect us from evil), instead of the state (who’s more often than not the cause of evil) is the organization that’s pointing that out.

Huh, ok.

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Utakata

Yes? But of course the question becomes what kind of “evil” are they “protecting” us from. As I am pretty sure the “evil” that fundy Christians want to protect us from is different from what Satanists would protect us from, lol. So let’s not have religion at all be the deciding factor here. Rather let evidence and the rule of law decide by folks whose job is to have no dog in that race instead. Non?

…so huh, indeed. o.O

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Yann van Sylphe

someone got bad luck… ^^

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mpandu.nky

As a Muslim living in a developing country myself, I don’t know much about Islamic laws but I do know for sure that lootboxes are ruining several families’ lives due to addiction.

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Leo

A good sign that even religious leaders are getting upset over these predatory items plaguing gaming.

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Schmidt.Capela

More like gambling is explicitly listed as a sin for them, so they just looked at whether lootboxes are gambling as defined by their religion.

BTW, if more Islamic leaders reach the same conclusion this will create issues for games that use lootboxes; after all, Islam is the second largest religion in the planet, with almost as many faithful as all of Christianity.

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Peregrine Falcon

Islam is right about Lockboxes!