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['Aalim Network QR] Lost property/Ghasb


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Assalamu 'alaykum
The following question was answered by Mulla Asgher.

Salaams & Duas
Ummulbanin Merali - Moderator - 'Aalim Network
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QUESTION:

What is your opinion on one who used property (that no longer exists)
thinking it belonged for the use of all.  My actual example is that I used
some washing powder that was left in the laundry of my block of flats.  I
thought this powder was for the use of all but it actually belonged to
someone.  However there is a probability that the person could have
abandoned this.  It may be possible to trace the person to refund but is it
necessary as its value was very small?  If it is neccesary to replace must
it be an exact replacement i.e. must it be with the same brand?  Also if the
person agrees to no compensation is that OK?
I hope I have not burdened you too much with my question.  May Allah help
you with your good works.


ANSWER:

If no one claimed back the powder, it is safe to assume that the owner
abandoned it for anyone to use it. Therefore it is not GHASB, nor can it be
classified as lost property.


Asgherali M M Jaffer




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