Maid Stealing

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Q: My sister who recently passed away had a Muslim maid from overseas who used to look after her. After her death the maid stole some stuff from our's and my sister's house. It is now her time to go back to her country. We saw the stuff in her luggage without her noticing and if we ask her for it she will cry or fight back. So can we take out all our belongings without informing her?

A. If you are absolutely certain that she stole those particular items and you can positively identify the items that were stolen, you may take them back without informing her.

Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai