Fatawaa


Fatwa Number : 3222

Subject : Ruling on Disposing of Confiscated Funds Raised for the Poor and Needy

Classified : Voluntary Charity/Alms

Fatwa Type : Search Fatawaa


Question :

The inspection teams of the Ministry of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places confiscate funds which are raised in favour of the poor and needy by some individuals and charities because they have violated the Ministry`s laws and regulations in this regard. The confiscated funds are usually transferred to one of its directorates. How should they be disposed of according to Sharia?


The Answer :

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of The Worlds, and may His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.
It is imperative that charities, organizations and individuals abide by the laws and regulations governing the raising of funds at mosques; therefore, they must secure an official permission to that end.
If these funds were confiscated by a government body, they should be distributed among the poor and needy since, in principle, they were originally raised in their favour; therefore, this party isn`t allowed to dispose of them the way it likes. We suggest depositing them in one of the Ministry`s funds. And Allah knows best.




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