Prohibition of usurping and unlawfully eating up others' money

Q: While I was doing some errands I saw someone holding a ram. I took it from him claiming that it was mine. I searched for its real owner but I did not find him and no news about him reached me. Now six years have passed, what is the ruling on my case? What should I do with the dirhams I collected? May Allah reward you with the best.

A: This is unrightfully forbidden seizure of money. You are sinful for that and you have to do the following:1- Repentance to Almighty Allah for what you committed.2- Returning this ram to its owner or his heirs if you know them to free yourself of it. If the ram is dead, you have to return its value.3- If you fail to find its owner or his heirs, you should give it or its price in charity to the poor on behalf of its owner. (Part No. 11; Page No. 240) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.