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Using a Christmas hamper, plum cake

Fatwaa ID: 1995

Question:
Assalamualaykum Mufti Sab.
Someone gifted us Christmas hamper which includes plum cake. Can we sell it and use the money for paying bribe at the govt offices or pay fine with it? Is it permissible or should we discard it?
And can the interest money be used for penalties at the toll/checkpoint on the highways if we haven’t installed fastag?

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

  1. It is permissible for you to eat and use the things in the Christmas hamper that was gifted to you provided that they are halaal. Obviously, your intentions would not be to celebrate Christmas, but rather make use of halaal things that were gifted to you. If you wish to sell any of the things, you may do that as well and the proceeds therefrom will be halaal. You may do as you wish with that. You should not discard it; that would be a waste of things or money.
    It should be noted that bribing is haraam and a major sin. In the cases where you are compelled due to the customs in your country, you should make sincere tawbah and istighfaar. When you are charged legitimate fines, then you must pay them appropriately and refrain from incurring those fines moving forward.
  2. At the outset, it is haraam to accrue interest. The prohibition is applicable even if you intend to give it away in charity. If you have an account that accrues interest, you must stop the interest or choose an interest free account, such as a checking account. Nevertheless, fees that you pay at tolls and checkpoints are generally legitimate service fees for using that road, highway or bridge. You cannot use interest money to pay for them. You cannot derive any benefit from interest money. It must be given away in charity without any expectation of reward.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
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وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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