A worker allowing students to take food from the school buffet on credit but they have not paid back


Q 5: I was a student in a certain school. The school asked me to help the buffet worker. Sometimes, some colleagues would ask me to give them something from the buffet to be paid for on the next day. (Part No. 22; Page No. 228) However, they would not pay on the next day. Now, I gave up the whole business and do not know the exact sum of money. Moreover, school officials have been changed. What is the ruling on the issue? If I am liable to pay any sum of money, how and to whom should it be paid? Please bear in mind that it is difficult for me to tell the new school officials the truth of the matter.

A: If you know the students who did not pay their dues, you have to ask them to pay off their dues to the school's buffet. Otherwise, you will have to pay them yourself as you are responsible for your negligence. Thus, you should assess them and pay them to the buffet whenever possible. Otherwise, you should give them in charity on behalf of the buffet's owners. In addition, you will have to repent to Allah and not to do it again.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.


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