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Question # : 32548

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If I happen to find something (e.g.mobile/purse/watch) in a public place and there is nothing mentioned about the owner on thing so found (as in case of a watch), what should i do with it?
In case if I have already taken it what should I do now?

Answer : 32548

Published on: Jun 4, 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


(Fatwa: 1010/1010/M=1432)

In the term of Shariah, such thing is called 'luqta'. It is a trust with you. Having it in your possession, keep on announcing and propagating about it on different places and search for its owner as much as possible. When you are hopeless that you will not get its owner then give it is charity to any poor on behalf of its owner.
وعرف اى نادى عليها حيث وجدها وفي المجامع إلى أن علم أن صاحبها لا يطلبها .... فينتفع الرافع بها لو فقيراً وإلا تصدق بها على فقير الخ (شامى زكريا 6/435)


Allah knows Best!


Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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