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Receiving Extra Money Without Working And Outside of the Work Shift

I am an employee who works for the government. We sometimes receive a bonus from the managers of our department, without us working any extra hours for that bonus. The manager of our department knows about this bonus an approves of it; they say that it is a bonus that, from time to time, employs receive. Can I take this money? If it is not allowed for me to take it, what about the money I received in this way before, money that I have already spent?

If the situation is as you described it, it is not permissible for you to take the money, and taking it is considered treachery. Is it necessary for you to return that money to the Governments treasury. If you cant do that, then spend it in charity, to the poor or to any other good cause. Then repent to Allaah Almighty and make a firm intention not to return and do that sin again. A Muslim is not permitted to take anything from the Muslim treasury except through lawful means approved by the Shariah, means that the government knows about and approves of. And with Allaah is the facilitation to do what is right.

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 8 Page 98
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