Often customers forget their valuables on my premises

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Date: Wednesday , September 28, 2011

 

Category

fiqh

Title

 

Often customers forget their valuables on my premises

 

Question

 

Often customers forget their valuables on my premises. Many months pass by without anyone claiming those valuables. What should be done with them?

 

Answer

 

Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

 

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.

 

Such items fall in the category of Luqta (lost items). If you are certain that the owner will not return to claim his valuables, it can be given to the poor and needy as charity on behalf of the owner. However, after giving it in charity, if the owner returns to claim the item, you will be liable to pay the owner. (Shaami vol.4 pg.279; Maktab Tijariyya)

 

And Allah knows best
Darul Iftaa

Madrasah Inaa’miyyah

 

 

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