What should be done with remainder money after contributing towards a gift?

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Q: I had set aside a certain amount of cash to use for a gift that my sister’s and I were going to give collectively. A year later my sister was ready to buy the gift, however the gift was less than the amount expected. I paid my portion of the gift. But there is still some cash leftover. Can I keep this cash for myself or do I have to gift it to the person intended. I had only set aside the cash as I had made a commitment and in the case of death I did not want it unfulfilled.


A: If you both had intended to give the particular gift and you had contributed your agreed share then you can keep back the remainder.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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