Fatwa: # 20222
Category: Misc. Fiqh
Date: 28th November 2018


Kaffaarah for returning embezzled money


Category: Fiqh Question: During my University times, I used to arrange Events for Academic and Engineering Purposes annually. In this regard, we took handsome money from university to arrange it. But i am embrassed to say, I spent some of the money for personal use. As per my calculation, its around 20,000 rupees. Please advise me how would i give KUFARA for it. Either by giving back money to university or Should i give money to Masjid Construction being built in remote areas or any other charity work? I personally feel to give money to masjid. PLEASE ADVISE.


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

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Brother in Islaam,

Your remorse over misusing a trusted fund is a sign of your Imaani conscience.

You state that you used a trusted fund for personal use. Accordingly, you should return the amount in reference to either the event coordinator or the university itself[1]. You should also make tawbah and istighfaar.


And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best.

Muajul I. Chowdhury

Student, Darul Iftaa

Astoria, New York, USA


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



[1] حاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (6/ 385)

ويردونها على أربابها إن عرفوهم ، وإِلا تصدقوا بها لِأَن سبِيل الكسب الْخبيث التصدق إذا تعذر الرد على صاحبه


البحر الرائق شرح كنز الدقائق (8/ 229)

وإلا يتصدقوا به؛ لأن سبيل الكسب الخبيث التصدق إذا تعذر الرد


تبيين الحقائق شرح كنز الدقائق (6/ 27)

وإلا تصدقوا بها؛ لأن سبيل الكسب الخبيث التصدق إذا تعذر الرد على صاحبه.


احسن الفتاوى  (7/ 16)

فتاوى محموديه  (16/ 381)

جامع الفتاوى  (6/260)

فتاوى عبد الحي  (ص331)


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