Praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the one after whom there is no Prophet.The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' has reviewed the letter presented to His Eminence the president by the judge of the court of
and referred to the Committee by the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars, no. 4754, dated 7/9/1412 A.H. His Eminence was asked a question reading:We would like to inform you that on Monday, 28/8/1412 A.H., the former President of the Court of
`Abdul-Rahman ibn `Aly ibn Shayban
brought with him a sum of money, 39 pounds in gold, 199 riyals in silver and 3,693 riyals in banknotes from the old currency, which is no longer used. He said that this sum (Part No. 16; Page No. 87) was mentioned in the will of a man named Ahmad bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Faqih, also known as Judge Farraj, who died a long time ago. This man willed that the said money be used in supplying a water facility in the old Masjid (mosque)
only. As water has already been supplied permanently to this Masjid, which has been restored, we seek Your Fatwa about what should be done with that sum of old banknote that is no longer used. Is it permissible to spend that sum for the benefit of other Masjids that need restoration or new facilities, and the like according to the intention of the deceased. May Allah protect you.
And after the Committee discussed the matter in question, it replied:
According to the Shar`y (Islamically lawful) principles, which state that
whatever exceeds the needs of a certain Masjid can be allocated to another, this sum should be spent on supplying water to another Masjid that needs this. Since this complies with the deceased's will, may Allah be merciful to him, we hope that Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) will reward him. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.