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Should you keep and use the gifts given to you by your neighbours or give them away?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Should you keep and use the gifts given to you by your neighbours or give them away?

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad, his folk, companions, and followers

 

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

When one takes possession of a gift, it enters one’s property and one can then use it or dispose of it as one sees fit. [Sharh al-Majalla]

This is in terms of the limits of law and rights. However, excellence and propriety entails that:

(a) one express one’s appreciation and thanks for the gift, because the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever fails to thank people has failed to thank Allah.” [Abu Dawud (4811) and Tirmidhi (1955); Tirmidhi deemed it sound and rigorously authenticated (hasan sahih)]

(b) if one chooses to give away the gift, one should do so with discretion and wisdom, to avoid unduly hurting the feelings of the one who gave the gift.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,
Faraz Rabbani

 

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