What to do with haraam earnings

Reference: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/16292

Question: How can I rid myself of haraam money if it has become mixed-up with my halaal money – which I have earnt in accordance with the Islaamic Sharee’ah [guidelines]?

Response: You are required to carefully estimate the [amount of] haraam [money] from your wealth – and be generous in doing so, then donate it to the poor and needy.

[And this is] not [to be done with the intention] as [an act of] charity, rather, as an act of ridding yourself of haraam [money] to absolve yourself of the responsibility, as this [haraam] money is considered to be that which has no owner – in which case it is to be donated to the poor and needy.


Translation originally published on 1 April, 2016

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.