HOW TO DISPOSE OF HARAAM WEALTH AFTER REPENTING

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment”

[al-Maa’idah 5:2]

Whoever gives up something for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will compensate him with something better than that.

Secondly:

When a person repents to Allaah from doing haraam work, from which he has acquired wealth, such as payment for singing, bribes, payment for fortunetelling or bearing false witness, payment for recording riba and other kinds of haraam work, if he has disposed of that wealth, he does not have to do anything. But if the wealth is still in his possession, then he must get rid of it by spending it on charitable causes, unless he is in need, in which case he may take only as much as he needs, and he should get rid of the rest. He is not allowed to use it for Hajj, because Allaah is Good and only accepts that which is good.

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: If someone else gives him a haraam payment and he accepts it, such as a prostitute, singer, wine seller, one who bears false witness and the like, then he repents and that payment is in his possession, then according to one group (of scholars) he must return it to its owner, because it belongs to him and he did not take it with the permission of the Lawgiver and the one who gave it did not get any permissible benefit in exchange for it. Another group said that his repentance means that he must give it in charity, and not give it to the one from whom he took it. This is the view favoured by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah and it is the more correct of the two views. End quote from Madaarij al-Saalikeen (1/389)

Ibn al-Qayyim discussed this matter at length in Zaad al-Ma’aad (5/778), where he stated that the way to get rid of this wealth and complete one's repentance can only be by “giving it in charity, but if he is in need of it, he may take as much as he needs, and give the rest in charity.” End quote. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: If

this prostitute and this wine seller repent, and they are poor, it is permissible for some of this money to be given to them, as much as they need. If he is able to engage trade or a profession such as weaving or spinning, he should be given enough to form capital for him.

Thirdly:

From the words of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah quoted above, it may be understood that if the one who repents from haraam earnings is in need, he may take from that wealth as much as he needs, and he may invest some of it in capital for trading or skilled work, then whatever is surplus to his needs must be given in charity.

Fourthly:

As some of your work is permissible and some of it is haraam, try to work out what proportion of it is haraam, and get rid of the corresponding amount of the wealth that is in your possession. If it is too difficult for you to work it out, then get rid of half. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: … If halaal and haraam wealth are mixed, and the proportions of each are not known, then divide it into two halves.

And Allaah knows best.