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15. Reward (Juʿālah)

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  • Ruling 2236

    A reward is when a person offers to give something in return for a task performed for him. For example, he says, ‘Whoever finds my lost property, I will give him £100.’ The person who makes such an …

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  • Ruling 2237

    The offeror must be of the age of legal responsibility (bāligh), sane (ʿāqil), have an intention (qaṣd) to make the offer, and make it of his own volition (ikhtiyār). He must also legally (sharʿan) be able to have …

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  • Ruling 2238

    The task that the offeror wishes to be performed for him must not be unlawful (ḥarām), pointless, or an obligatory (wājib) task that must legally be performed free of charge. Therefore, if a person offers £100 to whoever …

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  • Ruling 2239

    It is not necessary that the property being offered be specified with all its particulars; rather, it is sufficient if it is understood by the worker such that him taking steps to perform the task would not be …

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  • Ruling 2240

    If the fee for the work is totally vague – for example, the offeror says, ‘Whoever finds my child, I will give him some money’ and he does not specify the amount – then, in the event that …

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  • Ruling 2241

    If a worker performs the task before or after the contract is concluded with the intention of not taking any money, he does not have the right to claim any fee.

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  • Ruling 2242

    The offeror can annul the reward before the worker starts performing the task.

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  • Ruling 2243

    If the offeror wishes to annul the reward after the worker has started to perform the task, it is problematic unless he and the worker come to an agreement.

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  • Ruling 2244

    The worker can choose to leave the task unfinished. However, if leaving the task unfinished would cause harm to the offeror or to someone for whom the task is being performed, he must complete it. For example, if …

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  • Ruling 2245

    If the worker leaves the task unfinished, he cannot claim any fee if the offeror had offered the fee for completing the task; for example, he said, ‘Whoever stitches my clothes, I will give him £100.’ However, if …

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