Benefit: Ridding Oneself of Money Earned by Ḥarām Means

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In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

 Shaykh Ṣālih al-Fawzān (حفظه الله) was asked: How can I rid myself of ḥarām money [i.e. money earned by unlawful means] if it were that it was mixed with ḥalāl money which I earned by conforming to the Islamic Sharīʿah?

The shaykh (حفظه الله) responded by saying:

Upon you is to estimate [the quantity] of ḥarām money you possess, and to be cautious [when doing so by overestimating as opposed to underestimating if it were that you were uncertain of the exact quantity of ḥarām money you possessed]. Then distribute it to the poor, not as charity, [but rather,] as ḥarām money you are ridding yourself of. So as to absolve yourself [from it], so that this money will be like money which has no owner. Therefore, it is given to the poor and needy.

Source: التخلص من المال الحرام
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed

Tags: Al-Fawzān, Charity, ḥalāl, ḥarām, money, wealth

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