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Accepting Gifts From Someone Employed At A Bank

Question

A few years ago I had the opportunity of performing hajj. My sister had gifted me some money towards my hajj. At that time she used to work for ________ bank. Was it allowable for me to use that money, if not, should I repay it back to her as a gift?

How should I deal with close relatives who work for banks and invite me for meals and gift me with food and other gifts?

Answer

The Shar’ie verdict with regard to accepting gifts and invitation for meals is that the majority of the giver’s wealth must be Halaal. If the majority of the person’s income and wealth is Haraam, it will not be permissible to accept gifts and invitations for meals. In the enquired case, if their sole income or majority of their income is from the Bank or Haraam resources, it will not be allowed to accept anything from them, unless they clearly mention that it is from separate Halaal income. Hence, you should return their gifts to them or give them to the underprivileged people, if you are unable to return it to them. 

Besides, try to make an excuse for not accepting their gifts and invitations for meals. Even better, bring it to their attention politely and with wisdom that working in a Bank is impermissible in Shariah and that is the reason for not accepting their gifts and meal invitations. A similar ruling will apply to the sum of money that you received from your sister towards your Hajj expenses; that for your peace of mind, it would be best for you to return it, albeit in the form of a gift.

 

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

References

  هْدَى إلَى رَجُلٍ شيئا أو أَضَافَهُ إنْ كان غَالِبُ مَالِهِ من الْحَلَالِ فَلَا بَأْسَ إلَّا أَنْ يَعْلَمَ بِأَنَّهُ حَرَامٌ فَإِنْ كان الْغَالِبُ هو الْحَرَامَ يَنْبَغِي أَنْ لَا يَقْبَلَ الْهَدِيَّةَ وَلَا يَأْكُلَ الطَّعَامَ إلَّا أَنْ يُخْبِرَهُ بِأَنَّهُ حَلَالٌ وَرِثْتُهُ أو اسْتَقْرَضْتُهُ من رَجُلٍ كَذَا في الْيَنَابِيع… الهندية ص ٣٤٢ ج ٥ ط: دار الفكر

فتاوى محموديه ص ٤٧٩-٤٨١ ج ٢٥ ط: مكتبه محموديه

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