Betting on horse race was permissible as part of necessary training for military jihad when they were used in battle and as a means of transportation; today it is used by the rich and famous for ostentation.Therefore, the original intent of permission cannot be applied to horse race today. Hence there is no reason to why betting on a horse should be in any way different from other types of gambling. Shari`ah laws are based on purposes and wisdom that are demonstrable; therefore the laws are to be applied by referring to their specific intents and objectives.
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