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Can I keep a trolley which my children brought home?

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in our area many people shop and walk back home abandoning the shopping trolleys next to the garbage can. many shops have their names and numbers printed on rhe trolleys others dont. my kids brought in a trolley to use and play. it doesn’t have the name on it. its hard for me to find out which shop it belonged to.its useful and i wish to keep it if there is any way..or should i send it back to the garbage can where it was found. 

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

As-salaamu `alaykum wa-ramatullahi wa-barakatuh.

The trolleys are offered to assist the shoppers to load and carry their purchased items. The trolleys are not meant to be given away. You should return the trolley to the garbage cans.[1]

And Allah Ta`ala Knows Best.

Hussein Muhammad.

Student Darul Iftaa

Arusha, Tanzania

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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[1]

{إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَنْ تُؤَدُّوا الْأَمَانَاتِ إِلَى أَهْلِهَا } [النساء: 58]

 

مسند أحمد ط الرسالة (34/ 299)

 إِنَّهُ لَا يَحِلُّ مَالُ امْرِئٍ إِلَّا بِطِيبِ نَفْسٍ مِنْهُ،

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