Saturday , 16 December 2017
Lost and found

Lost and found

Salamu Alaykom
I work in a fitness facility in Canada, and we have lost and found. At the end of every month we throw away whatever is in the lost and found (sunglasses, earphones, clothes, water bottles…) no matter how expensive items are. Can I take any of the items before the facility’s management throw the items away??
Salamu Alaykom

Answer

Wa Alaykumus Salaam
In the circumstances mentioned by you it is permissible for you to take the items. However should the real owner come forward and claim his/her item, you are obliged to return it to the owner. If it has already been used up or consumed, you will be liable to compensate the owner the fair value of the item.
And Allah Ta'ala knows best.