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Honesty and store purchase

Fatwaa ID: 1134

Question:
Salam. I bought 3 bags of chips from target. It was a drive up order. When my husband went to pick it up he asked me to send a screenshot of the items so he can check. When I went to check my app it said 2 chips bag order was cancelled and I would only get one bag. When my husband came home he brought 3 bags. He never checked the bag. So now I was charged with 1 bag of chips and received 3 bags. What should I do?

Can I keep all 3? Do I need to tell target?

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

A Muslim is honest and truthful in all his matters. It is not permissible for you to keep the extra bags of chips that you did not pay for. It was in most probable case given to you by mistake. Reach out to the store and inform them of what happened. If they tell you to keep the extra bags, then you may keep them. Otherwise, they will advise you further what to do.

It is not about the price of the items or how it will not really make a difference to them, but rather it is about being a principled honest Muslim. Even an extra cent that does not belong to you is haraam for you. We commend you for your concerns. May Allaah Ta’aala place barakah in your wealth and life.

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

10/19/1444 AH – 05/09/2023 CE | AML1-7691

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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