When a Believers wealth is stolen, he is given the reward of sadaqah

Question

Is this a Hadith?

“Whatever is stolen from a Muslim is sadaqah.”

 

Answer

Yes. This narration is recorded in Sahih Muslim as part of a longer Hadith.

The part in question is as follows:

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whatever is stolen from [a Muslim] is charity…” [i.e. He will receive the reward as though that item was given in charity]

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1552)

 

See another version of this Hadith here

 

Note: This by no means gives an excuse to the thief to ‘extract’ such sadaqah!

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar