Fri 9 Saf 1435 - 13 December 2013
Returning stolen property that has depreciated or become obsolete
A man works in an air transport company. He steals a tape-recorder. After
many years he repents. Now, should he return the same transistor radio, or
a similar model or its equivalent price, especially considering that the
original model is not sold in the markets now?
He must return the same piece along with an additional amount equal to the reduction in
its value that has resulted due to its usage or the course of time. Of course it is to be
accomplished in a suitable manner without causing himself harm. However if that is
impractical or infeasible then he can give in charity an equivalent amount in the name of
the original owner.
Excerpts from the book "I would like to repent BUT..."