I worked for several people
in small food stores. However, I used to buy things that I needed for myself from other stores out of the revenue of the stores in which I worked. This happened only few times and such things were not more than twenty riyals each time like toys and recording tapes. Besides, I used to give goods to some of my maternal uncles for free. Moreover, I would lend some people who did not repay their debts until now. Finally, I used to see some rebellious young men stealing from the stores that I worked for without forbidding them. Anyway, the value for the things they would steal was not more than five riyals each. My question is that I would like to return all this money to whom it is due, bearing in mind that I can not count the exact total. Secondly: Should I give this money to whom it is due, bearing in mind that I know them and that they live near me or should I spend it on poor people and the needy?
It is Wajib (obligatory) on you that you repay the owners of such stores their due rights. Each right should be handed to whom it is due. However, whatever you can not give to the person it is due to; you have to give on behalf of the latter as charity to poor people. (Part No. 15; Page No. 352) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.