The Islamic world appears to have no truck with gambling but as the technology of the future rolls around today for how long can the strictures of adherence prevent the easily accessible nature of gambling in the modern world from becoming just another part of society? How soon will Arabic betting jobs be advertised in the ‘Positions Vacant’ section of the newspapers in Oman and Saudi Arabia?
Gambling Comes Regardless Of Belief
- Chinese & Islamic prohibitions doomed
- The internet brings change to everywhere
- Flexibility & compromise will win out
There’s an hypocrisy to western politicians who arbitrarily decide that gambling should be prohibited, when their entire careers a gamble itself: it is almost insulting. Perhaps this is why in so many countries afflicted with the faux-democracy of illusory choices there is at least regulation and taxation of gambling, in however limited a fashion or under how heavy a governmental and uncompetitive fist. However there are still some places that have not even allowed this minor compromise to common sense.
Most notable amongst these are the contradiction that is China who continues to proclaim itself Communist whilst helping every capitalist it can find employ its cheap labor force in suicide inducing conditions (Yes, Apple, I’m looking at you) and the Islamic world where if you’re Arabic betting jobs in the gambling industry are right around the corner, you’re in for a bit of a wait, but shouldn’t for a moment think that relaxation of the seemingly intractable rules on gambling isn’t on the horizon.
Whilst it might appear that Islamic scripture makes changes to, for instance, the Saudi or Egyptian gambling laws, which like Chinese Communist Party edicts prohibit it entirely, the increasing speed of technological progress means that eventually flexibility and rationalization will have to take place if they wish to retain control, and they do. What they’re prepared to do to gain and retain power is pretty much unlimited. Oh sure, they claim to have principles, either ideological or religious, but in the end?
Arabic Betting Jobs? In Them Is A Great Sin!
Naturally it’s far easier to change ideology should the need arise. A political party’s cornerstone today can be its millstone tomorrow and the relaxation or relinquishing of long held principles is something the political have done for centuries. The UK’s Labour Party shed their precious clause 4 with barely a murmur making themselves instantly more electable and thinking that the Chinese state wouldn’t sway its position if it needed to win with the public or the revenue it would provide is naive at best.
The Islamic world might find it hard to change the religious rules against Arabic betting jobs, the Quran states quite clearly,
“Should they ask you concerning wine and gambling say; ‘In them is great sin, and some profit for men, but the sin is greater than the profit’” (Quran 2:219)
The equation of gambling and drinking is questionable, of course, but not by the faithful who would list this as the 14th Greater Sin. Likewise anyone pointing out that when the Quran was written profits from gambling were rather small and now Bet365 Sportsbook has a revenue that outstrips the GDP of some small countries is unlikely to find a favorable audience amongst adherence to the faith. The thing is: times have changed, the Quran has not. It goes on to say,
“O you who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, dedication of stones and divination by arrows, are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. Eschew such abomination, that you may prosper.” (Quran 5:90)
However whilst this very definitive language would suggest that awaiting the availability of Arabic betting jobs is somewhat of a forlorn waste of time, lets not forget that the Catholic Church altered its rules on meat on Fridays several times to suit circumstances and if there’s one thing the Middle East has in abundance it’s circumstances. Sure, those that like to bet on sports in Egypt aren’t going to be doing so publicly any time soon, but the privacy of the internet means they don’t need to.
The Times Will Change And So Will The Laws & Attitudes
What is likely to change in due time is the urgency with which the Islamic world must distract its young from the inherent troubles in a religious state surrounded by the bright lights and excitement of barbarian lands. The internet brings news of freedoms beyond the political but also of the social variety, of attitudes and viewpoints uncommonly discussed in public. Changes in attitudes are inevitable, and the tighter the grip is made, the more that oozes out around the edges.
Arabic betting jobs might seem a laughable idea, as comic as Chinese gambling jobs are to think of at present, but the truth is that when push comes to shove the people want bread and circuses, and the leaders of regimes, be they Islamic, Communist or Faux-Democracies, will always provide just enough to stop themselves being scythed away by popular demand. The gambling industry, always ready to make a splash, is a superb smokescreen, a revenue earner if done right and already has a market.
We are as a species inherently gamblers and whilst that inclination can be repressed, those that do so by asking for faith, be it in a political ideology or political party, or a religion or religious belief system, must understand that we are all aware the future is uncertain. Their god or their party might have a plan, their literature may state as certainty things that have yet to happen, but we all know that life doesn’t work like that, and there is no certainty, there is no definite. They’re just hoping they’re right. Just like the rest of us.
You may laugh at the concept of Arabic betting jobs now, but as the digital future hands out freedoms at the click of a mouse the institutions of the past will have to adapt and compromise or face becoming irrelevant. The Chinese have already begun their march from the 1950s into the present (one hopes American morality will follow suit some day) but the Islamic world still has to make that choice, come to that understanding.
Gambling is likely to be one of the first signs of change, small shoots of sense sprouting around the region as municipalities and nations seek the revenue and populations seek the pleasure. I’m gambling news of casino resorts in the region will come in due course, and Egypt with its waning tourist numbers due to the downing of the Russian Metrojet, and the ongoing situation in Syria, is ripe to be the first outside of Lebanon so if Arabic betting jobs are to come, expect them Egyptians to be gambling in Sharm El Sheikh soon.