Getting paid back for a loan with haraam money

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Q: A brother had $1000 (halaal money) and he lent one of his relatives. On him receiving the money back, he learnt that the money comes from haraam sources (drugs, alcohol, etc.).

1. Is that money that is returned to him from haraam sources permissible for him (his money is from halaal sources) or is it halaal?

2. Please advise what to do.


A: If you are sure that the exact money is haraam then ask him to pay you back with halaal money.

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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