Fatwa: # 41089
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Country: Virgin Islands
Date: 9th September 2018


Lost items found in deep ocean


As a deep diver for leisure, I come across many valuable items deep in the water like watches, jewelry etc. Am I allowed to keep what I find?


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

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

The Islamic rulings for lost things will apply to these valuable items. You will exhaust all reasonable means to locate the owners until you strongly feel the owners are no longer searching for the items. Thereafter, you should donate these items to the poor and needy.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Tahmid Chowdhury

Student Darul Iftaa

New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


الأشباه والنظائر ٢/٢٨٠ مكتبة نزار مصطفى الباز


سمكة في سمكة فإن كانت صحيحة حلتا وإلا لا ؛ لأنها مستقذرة ، وإن وجد فيها درة ملكها حلالا ، وإن وجد خاتما أو دينارا مضروبا لا ، وهو لقطة ، له أن يصرفها على نفسه بعد التعريف إن كان محتاجا


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