Q: A person gave me money in order to purchase some items for him from an online store. This online store has a ‘Loyalty Programme’ where one receives ‘reward/loyalty’ points in proportion to a fixed percentage of the total purchase price. I have now received these ‘reward/loyalty points’ in direct lieu of the purchase I made using his money. The ‘reward/loyalty points’ for this purchase amount to R450. These points are not exchangeable for cash. Furthermore, I only received these points after making payment; I could not use these points to receive a discount on his purchase. Since I used his money, am I entitled to these points? Or must I give him R450 in cash (as one cannot send/transfer points)?
A: It is safer to find out from the store that for who are these points intended.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)