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Taking Back A Gift. by Taamas111 (m): 2:26pm on January 12
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
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Are we allowed in our religion
to take back something that you
gave away to someone? Also, I
have a cousin who is 13 years
old; I used to take care of him
when he was young. Do I have
to wearing around from him or
can I do what I want until he is


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

It is not permissible to take
back a gift if it was possessed
and accepted by the person to
whom it was given. The
Prophet said: “The person who
takes back a gift is like a dog which
vomits, then eats what it vomited.” [Al-
Bukhari and Muslim] Except for
the gift which was given with
the intention of compensation,
and it was not recompensed by
the person to whom it was
given, then in this case one can
take it back.
Imaam Maalik further
supported this with the
narration of Umar Ibnn Al-
Khattaab, may Allah be pleased
with him, who said: 'Whoever
gives a gift to a kinship, or as a
charity, then he should not take
it back, and whoever donates a
gift with the intention of getting
the reward then he can take it
back if he is not pleased with it.'
Ibn Abi Zayd said: ‘The
recipient of what is given for
compensation has to pay its value or
give it back and if it is consumed or
lost, then the giver can ask for a

As regards the Hijab, it is
obligatory to wear it in front of
your cousin if he is not a
suckling Mahram, when he
becomes an adult or when he
reaches the age of 13 years old
and above.

Allah knows best.


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