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Ruling on haram money, Can I give this money to others, would it be halal for them to use.


Assalamualaikum shykh,

I brought some haram money which I earned from non-muslims.Now I want to donate this money to my brothers,who are poor and willing to start a business with this money.Is it permissible for me to give this money to them??And is this money halal for them? And can I give this money to whom I owe money??
Please be quick to answer,its immediate.


Wa Alaykumussalam

Thank you for your query.

First of all, how are you sure the money you have brought is the haraam money? If you earned it by Halal way then it is permissible to use but if you are certain that the money you brought was either the stolen money or you got it wrongly then in this case you are not allowed to use it yourself nor you can help someone with that money.

If the owner is Muslim and you know him, then the money should be given back to the Muslim owner. If the money belongs to a non muslim like the ahley kitab(such as christains, jews) but not Baháʼí, it is said the money should be returned to them as they are not the kafire harbi(non-Muslims who fight against Muslim rulers). And some have also said to get the permission of Hakim Al-Sharh and then give it to the needy, and the same goes in the situation when you don’t know the owner.

As I don’t know your exact situation, you can specify the scenario and act accordingly.

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

It is forbidden for a Muslim to betray the trust of someone who has entrusted him with an item or a deed, even if that person happens to be a non-Muslim.

It is similarly obligatory upon a Muslim to safeguard the deposit that has been given to him and give it back in full. Therefore, one who works as a cashier or accountant is not allowed to betray the employer and steal something that is under his control

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider