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Can we override donor intent and transfer funds between accounts?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.com
Our organization receives lots of money for various reasons. We have about 17 accounts:
Account 1 – Rental income from properties
Account 2 – Zakat
Account 3 – Fitrana
Account 4 – Education Trust Fund
Account 5 – Dawah Fund
Account 6 – Disaster Relief Account 7 – Hostel Account
Account 8 – Commercial Business
Account 9 – Trust Account
Account 10 – Appeal Account
Account 11 – Masjid Account
Account 12 – School Account
Above is 12 Major Accounts – These account have their reasons and its donors donate accordingly.
All accounts have their own reasons and money used accordingly.
Our question is when we run low in balance from one account can we use money from other accounts to meet the requirements. Will this be not abuse of donors intention of donating the money. Can the organization make such decision to spend the money? Example – can we use Dawah or Disaster Relive money to do Building Maintenance that gives rental income?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 649/509/H=1434)

The organization does not have right to spend the amount of one mad (head) in another mad (head). It is against the intention of donor. Also there is fear that wajib sadaqah shall not be paid rightly in some cases. Hence the organization should spend as per the intention of donor and as per the Shariah ruling.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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