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Am i absolved from returning money to my uncle?

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I use to take money from my uncle while i was young at the age of 14, when i grew up abit i relaise i did wrong, i said to my uncle that i use to take money from you that you didnt know about and can you forgive me? and he said yes, but he never asked how much money i took or anything

Is this enough for forgiveness?


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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Please clarify from your uncle what he meant by forgiving you. Is he absolving you from returning the money to him? If he has not absolved you, the money must be returned to him. In either case, turn to Allah in repentance for the crime of usurping.[1]   

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hisham Dawood

Student Darul Iftaa
Chicago, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


 قال العلماء: التوبة واجبة من كل ذنب فإن كانت المعصية بين العبد وبين الله تعالى لا تتعلق بحق آدمي فلها ثلاثة شروط…وإن كانت المعصية تتعلق بآدمي فشروطها أربعة هذه الثلاثة وأن يبرأ من حق صاحبها. فإن كانت مالا أو نحوه رده إليه…(رياض الصالحين، باب التوبة)

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