Remainder of the money that was collected for carrying out a charitable electric project but later suspended
Q: We are a group of employees living in one village where we carried out a charitable electric project. At that time we counted the employees living in the village and agreed that each employee would pay a month's salary. (Part No. 8; Page No. 300) We raised the money and signed a contract with a company to set up an electrical network and buy generators, and the State also contributed and provided some generators. Thus, our village has been supplied with electricity for a nominal charge to avoid the interruption of electrical power.The purpose of this charitable electrical project was to have an electricity supply in our village where our families live. We did not intend to make profits from this project. So by Allah's Grace, then through the support of our prudent government, the public electrical services have reached our village and our charitable electrical project came to an end. We calculated the money left over from this project as well as the debts of our project, which was 16,000 riyals. We then gathered the people of the village who has been making use of the electricity supply and informed them that everyone who had unpaid bills for the electricity meters or electricity consumption, would have their debts settled. Some village residents are still indebted to the project.After settling the debt we found that we have some 22,464 riyals as extra money.Since the project is charitable, we cannot distribute this amount of money to those who donated their salaries or any other sum of money, as some donated thirty riyals. Yet, some employees who contributed to the project at that time are (Part No. 8; Page No. 301) still alive and some have passed away. So to absolve ourselves as well as those who supervised this project whether alive or dead, we have the following question:Is it permissible for us to give out this money as a donation to charities, to
to the poor in our village, or any other deserving organizations or even individuals with the intention that the reward will go to everyone who contributed to this charitable electric project?May Allah grant you all success, and may Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon you!
If the case is as mentioned that the contributors to this electric project made those donations with the intention of doing good for the village residents and did not intend to gain profits, then
the extra money from the project can be given for useful charitable purposes and every contributor to the project shall be rewarded accordingly In sha’a-Allah (if Allah wills).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.