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Gift intended for someone else

Fatwaa ID: 2044

Question:
Assalamu alaykum
Respect Mufti Sahib

I would like to find out fhe permissablity of accepting a gift that you know was meant for someone else?

At a pre wedding function, the grooms side brought some gifts for the brides aunts… Some of these aunts did not attend the function so the brides mom, my aunt gifted it to some other guests, myself included.

Can I accept this gift or is it incorrect to do so?

Shukran
Was salaam

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We understand from the details of the query that the groom’s family gave gifts specifically to the bride’s aunts. Due to some of their absence, it was given to the bride’s mother to hand over to the aunts. Thus, it will be necessary for the bride’s mother to give it to the aunts. She cannot give it to someone else. That will be impermissible and dishonest. Accordingly, you should not accept the gift. You should tell your aunt that what she did was not permissible. She must take the gifts back from the others and give it to the rightful giftees.

That being said, if the groom’s family merely handed over the gifts to the bride’s mother and gave her permission to give it to whoever she wishes, then in this case it will be permissible for you to accept the gift. Likewise, her gifting to the others was also permissible.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

07/05/1445 AH – 01/17/2024 CE | AML1-8745

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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