Q: I have a small problem. This morning I went to do some shopping. While parking, I misjudged my turning and by mistake I scraped into the car next to me. It was a very small scrape, maybe just a touch up would fix the problem on their car. Due to my financial situation I got scared and drove away without informing the person. However I am now feeling really really guilty about it and i fear Allah’s punishment with regards to it, like I am scared Allah will take away barakah from my wealth that I have left or something else will happen. What can I do to fix this situation as I was scared to wait for the person to tell him what had happened.
A: If you have the particulars of the person then you may estimate the loss and send the money to him. And if you cannot identify the person then the equivalent should be given out in sadaqah on his behalf.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)