He found a sheep lost in the street, where it remained with him

A: First, we advice you not to take lost sheep unless you announce it for one year. You should do that yourself or get someone to do so on your behalf in places where it is hopeful to find its owner. You should choose the times when the owner of the lost sheep is expected to be present and do that once or twice a month until a year elapses.Second, if someone comes during the year and mentions the features of the lost sheep, give it and its descendants to him.Third, if a full year elapses and nobody comes claiming the ownership of the sheep, (Part No. 11; Page No. 237) it and its descendants are yours.Fourth, you have taken some sheep and bred them without performing the above-mentioned procedures, so you are required to evaluate them and give their value in charity on behalf of their owner. If the owner comes after that, you should let him choose either to approve of the charity and its reward will be given to him or to take the value of his sheep and you will receive the reward of the charity.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.