Answered by: Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji
I borrowed a book from a masjids library and informed the office. To the best of my memory, I returned and left the Kitab in the office.
I am now trying to locate the whereabouts of this book and cannot seem to find it. I have asked the office manager, but he does not recall me returning the book.
Is it my responsibility if the book has been lost? Or are these just waswasa? The masjid is big and active; it could be anywhere in the masjid but not visible at the moment.
P.s I have managed to find an electronic version of this book as it was a very old print. If I forward the electronic version to the office manager/administrator to store on the masjid’s website would that suffice?
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Imam Quduri R.A. explains “When someone borrows an [riding] animal and returns it to the stable of its owner, and it perishes, [the borrower] is not liable, and [likewise] if he borrows an item and returns it to the house of the owner but does not hand it to him, he is not liable.”1
Since you returned the book to the library you are no longer liable.
Only Allah knows best
Written by Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham
1 Mukhtasar al-Quduri, Page 302, Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd.