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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
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Before Allah guided me, I used to
ask my father for money for private
lessons. The cost would be, for
example, 500, but I would ask for
more, namely 600, and I would take
the extra 100 to buy cards for my
mobile phone and other things.
Now, praise be to Allah, I have
repented and stopped doing this. My
question is: do I have to tell my
father what I did and ask him to
forgive me? Do I have to return this
money to him when I get a job and
start earning, or not?


Praise be to Allah.
What you did of taking money from
your father without his consent is
not permissible, because the
Prophet (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) said: “It is not
permissible to take the wealth of a
Muslim except with his consent.”
Narrated by Abu Ya‘la and others;
classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in
Saheeh al-Jaami‘ (7662).
The son has no right to take
anything from his father’s wealth
beyond what the father is
reasonably required to spend on his
maintenance, if the father is obliged
to spend on his son’s maintenance
because the son is poor.
The scholar Ibn Muflih said in al-
Furoo‘ (5/595): He – that is, the
father – is obliged to spend on his
son in reasonable terms for what he
needs of maintenance, or some of
it, and to provide clothing and
shelter, if his children are poor. End

Now you have two choices:
1. Telling your father what you
did, and he will either forgive
you or ask you to pay back the
money, and he has the right to
do that.
2. Not telling him, especially if
you fear that this will cause
trouble, such as a dispute or
conflict between you and your
father, or his loss of trust in
you. In that case, you must
return the money to him, but it
is not essential for you to
inform him of that; rather the
aim is to return the money to
him by any means. Please see
the answer to question no.
The scholars of the Permanent
Committee for Iftaa’ were asked
about the son taking from his
father’s wealth more than the
maintenance that the father
allowed him to take as needed.
They replied: You must return what
you saved of money that you took
from your father for maintenance,
because he allowed you to take
according to household needs, but
anything surplus that is not
included in the permission he gave,
so it is not permissible for you.
End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah
ad-Daa’imah li’l-Iftaa’ (21/175)
And Allah knows best.


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