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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

Assalaamu alaikum
Would you kindly give us an
elaborated fatwa of how we
have to deal with orphans
relatives or orphans in general.
Are we allowed to drink their
water or eat their food when we
visit them as older brothers/
sisters or relatives?
Some times it disturbs the
orphans not to share with them
when people are in their homes,
they say why you come to see
us if you do not want to share
any thing with us!
It may create a psychological
problem specially in the minds
of the very young ones.
Jazaakumullahu khairan and
God bless you

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah,
The Lord of the Worlds. I testify
that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that
Muhammad is His Slave and
Messenger.

In principle, it is impermissible
to eat from the wealth of the
orphan, but an exception is
made by Sharee‘ah to the
guardian of an orphan's
property, who is allowed to eat
from it according to what is
acceptable if he is in need;
Allah The Almighty Said (what
means): {And test the orphans
[in their abilities] until they
reach marriageable age. Then if
you perceive in them sound
judgment, release their property
to them. And do not consume it
excessively and quickly,
[anticipating] that they will grow
up. And whoever, [when acting
as guardian], is self-sufficient
should refrain [from taking a
fee]; and whoever is poor - let
him take according to what is
acceptable.}[Quran 4:6] Hence,
in principle, the non-guardian
of an orphan's property is not
permitted to eat of his property.
That the orphans are not
pleased with others' abstention
from eating of their property
does not count, for none of
them has the right to give
permission concerning his
property before he becomes of
age.

But the advice we give here is
that whoever visits the orphans
may bring to them something of
food or other valuable gifts of
money or clothes, which allows
for him to mix his affairs with
theirs, so that what he eats
would not be more than what
he gives. Thus, he combines
both things. Allah The Almighty
Said (what means): {And they
ask you about orphans. Say,
"Improvement for them is best.
And if you mix your affairs with
theirs - they are your brothers.}
[Quran 2:220]

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/174671/sharing-food-of-the-orphans-when-visiting-them

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