Friday, March 18, 2011

He used to take things from work; what should he do now that he has repented?

He used to take things from work; what should he do now that he has repented?
I am an employee in a government department. I used to take some pens, paper, paper clips and erasers home with me. After that Allaah enabled me to repent and follow the right path, praise be to Allaah. But what should I do about these things so that I may clear my conscience? Please note that I do not remember form which office I took them. What should I do?.

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Praise be to Allaah.


Allaah has commanded us to keep our trusts, and He has
forbidden us to take people’s wealth or property in unlawful ways. 

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, Allaah commands
that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due”

[al-Nisa’ 4:58] 

It was narrated that Abu Humayd al_Saa’idi said: The
Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“By Allaah, no one of you takes anything unlawfully but he will meet Allaah
carrying it on the Day of Resurrection. I will certainly recognize some of
you who meet Allaah carrying a camel that is groaning or a cow that is
lowing or a sheep that is bleating.” Then he raised his hand until the
whiteness of his armpit could be seen and said: “O Allaah, have I conveyed
(the message)?” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6578; Muslim, 1832. 

Praise be to Allaah Who has enabled you to repent. This is a
blessing from Allaah to you, for which He deserves to be thanked. So praise
Allaah and ask Him for more of His bounty and help. 

You do not have to disclose to the department what you have
done, rather it is sufficient for you to return the things themselves or the
equivalent in whatever way you can. If you cannot return them then you can
give an equivalent amount in charity. 

You should try to find the office from which you took them;
if you cannot do that, then it is sufficient – in sha Allaah – for you to
return them to the department itself. 

The Standing Committee was asked about a man who used to work
in the armed forces and took a coat without permission. They replied: 

You have to return something equivalent to the coat that you
took or its value to the section from which you took it. If you cannot then
give the equivalent amount in charity to a poor person. 

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah,

For more information please see questions no.

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