Category: Charity, Obligatory (Zakaat)
Fatwa#: 39756
Asked Country: Australia

Answered Date: May 16,2018

Title: How can we calculate the interest of last few years? Can we spend on Masjid toilets to fix it?

Question

A ideal Bank account a society opened many yrs ago has been earning interest for 30+ yrs.  The management has changed and there are no banking records help by the society and the Bank can only go bank 7 yrs for them to calculate the accumulated interest.

What do they for interest they cannot caculate.  What can they do for the Muslim community for interest they can calculate and is it permissible to use these funds to fix toilets in thier Musqid.  

 

Answer

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

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

We apologize for the much belated reply.

The interest of the past seven years should be disposed of by giving in sadaqah to the poor and needy without the niyyat of thawab.[i]

Interest money cannot be used to construct the toilets of the masjid. [ii]

The management should apply their discretion on the interest accumulated beyond seven years and dispose of that amount as well. [iii] [iv]

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mirza Mahmood Baig

Student Darul Iftaa

Jeddah, KSA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 



[i]  فتاوى هندية: 5/349

يردوا المال إلى أربابه، فإن لم يعرفوا أربابه، تصدقوا به ...

 

صحيح مسلم (3/ 1219) 

حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الصَّبَّاحِ، وَزُهَيْرُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ، وَعُثْمَانُ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ، قَالُوا: حَدَّثَنَا هُشَيْمٌ، أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو الزُّبَيْرِ، عَنْ جَابِرٍ، قَالَ: «لَعَنَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ آكِلَ الرِّبَا، وَمُؤْكِلَهُ، وَكَاتِبَهُ، وَشَاهِدَيْهِ»، وَقَالَ: «هُمْ سَوَاءٌ»

 

 مسند أحمد بن حنبل ٥\٢٢٥

درهم ربوا ياكله الرجل وهو يعلم أشد من ستة وثلاثين زنية

 

 

[ii] فتاوى رحيمية: 9/ 280-283

 

رد المحتار: 1/658

أما لو أنفق في ذلك مالا خبيثا وما لاسببه الخبيث والطيب فيكره، لأن الله لا يقبل إلا الطيب.

 

فتاوى قاسمية: 20/676، 659، 657، 661

 

 

 

شامي: 5/169، كراتشي

ويجب رده لو قائما ورد مثله، أو قيمته لو مستهلكا...

 

 

 

[iii]  فتاوى هندية: 5/349

يردوا المال إلى أربابه، فإن لم يعرفوا أربابه، تصدقوا به ...

 

صحيح مسلم (3/ 1219)

حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الصَّبَّاحِ، وَزُهَيْرُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ، وَعُثْمَانُ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ، قَالُوا: حَدَّثَنَا هُشَيْمٌ، أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو الزُّبَيْرِ، عَنْ جَابِرٍ، قَالَ: «لَعَنَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ آكِلَ الرِّبَا، وَمُؤْكِلَهُ، وَكَاتِبَهُ، وَشَاهِدَيْهِ»، وَقَالَ: «هُمْ سَوَاءٌ»

 

 مسند أحمد بن حنبل ٥\٢٢٥

درهم ربوا ياكله الرجل وهو يعلم أشد من ستة وثلاثين زنية

 

 

[iv]  {(2/ 703)صحيح مسلم}

عنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّ اللهَ طَيِّبٌ لَا يَقْبَلُ إِلَّا طَيِّبًا

 

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