Q: A group of trustees were under the impression that one of the trustees was actively maintaining the musjid using his personal funds for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. In one meeting this trustee mentioned that the funds he had contributed was not his contribution but a loan for 2 years of maintenance. Had the other trustees knew that from the beginning, they would not have allowed him to accumulate such a debt.
Moreover this trustee was making unilateral decisions and marginalizing the rest of the trustees. In short the other trustees had no say and when they contested all would end up in an argument. Are we obliged to repay the debt?
A: If it appeared that he gave it as a donation then he has got no right to demand the repayment. i.e. there was no arrangement between him and the trust where the trust had asked him for a loan.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)