A certain company promising to help the wife of their deceased employee

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: A woman’s husband passed away whilst at work for a company due to an accident within the company. The company promised help to the woman for next two years plus they paid her a lump sum. After she completed her iddat, the company refused to help her. She went to the labour department to report it. The department wishes to know how much was spent in burying her husband. Is it correct for her to show them how much was spent in the burial of he husband if someone else in the family paid for it? If the department do give her any reimbursement, is she allowed to accept it?

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A: 

  1. Though the company promised to help her for the next two years, she is not entitled to this money. Hence, if they refuse to assist her, she has no right to demand anything. 

  2. She can take the money which the department gives her.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

وعن أبي حرة الرقاشي عن عمه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ” ألا لا تظلموا ألا لا يحل مال امرئ إلا بطيب نفس منه ” رواه البيهقي في شعب الإيمان والدارقطني في المجتبى ( مشكوٰة المصابيح ص255)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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