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Found A Watch In The Street. by Taamas111 (m): 3:05pm on January 13
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

I have found a watch in the street is it Halaal
or Haraam to take it?

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.

If this watch is insignificant and the person
who lost it is not keen to get it back, it is
permissible for you to take it and utilize it.
Abu Daawood reported that Jaabir, may
Allah be pleased with him, said: "The Prophet
permitted us to take sticks, whips, ropes
and similar objects which a person picks up
and benefits from."

However, if the watch is valuable according
to the customs of the society and its owner
will be keen to get it back, it is permissible
for you to take it but you should announce it
for a whole year in public places like markets
and the like. If its owner comes and
describes the watch to you, you have to give
it back to him.
Al-Bukhari and Muslim reported that
Zayd Ibn Khaalid Al-Juhani , may Allah be
pleased with him, said: "The Prophet
was asked about finding something on the
street and he replied: "Keep the container
and the string which is used to tie it, then
make an announcement about it for a year.

If its owner comes, give it back to him,
otherwise utilize it."
Thus, if you announce it for a period of one
year and its owner does not come to claim
it, you can benefit from it as reported in the
narration. However, the Hanbali school of
jurisprudance is of the view that it is better
in principle not to pick up anything found in
the street.

Allah knows best.


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