Suspicion of theft
Fatwa No: 81471

Question

I cannot locate or account for the disappearance of my camera. I suspect that a maid in my employ may have taken it, but I have no proof. Can I deduct the price of the camera from her salary, then return it later if I find she is innocent?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. If you do not have any proof on your claim, it is merely a suspicion that she stole those things, then you do not have any right to deduct from her salary or ask her any kind of payment. Allah knows best.

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