Q: I loaned a certain person an amount of R10 000 to be paid after one year. When one year elapsed, the person repaid my loan and also presented a small gift to me (a box of chocolates) as a token of appreciation. I was neither expecting this gift, nor was it stipulated, at the time of the loan, that he would give me this gift. Is it permissible for me to accept it, or will it be regarded as interest?
A: Yes, it is permissible.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)