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Responsibility of stolen money

Nasihah (Advice): Truthfulness


Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said: “Abstain from that which causes you doubt for that which does not cause you doubt. For surely, truthfulness brings peace of mind and falsehood causes constant doubt.” (Tirmidhi)




Question and Answer:


Q. I work as a manager in a spare parts shop. My boss had put+/- 37,000 Kenyan shillings in a drawer below the counter. My boss told me to give it to his friend if he came to the shop. My boss’s friend did not come to the shop to collect it. Unfortunately, the shillings were stolen without my knowledge.

My boss did not grant me leave that was Due to me and asked me to bear half the loss of the stolen shillings. As a manager, am I liable for it?


(Question published as received)


  1.  If your boss had left money in the drawer below the counter and had told you to give the money to his friend but the money was stolen in the interim without your negligence, you will not be liable to bear the loss of the money that was stolen. Your boss will have to bear the loss of the money that was stolen.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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