My father died a four years ago. my father borrowed some money from a hindu man which he was not able to give it back, in his life time
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My father died a four years ago. my father borrowed some money from a hindu man which he was not able to give it back, in his life time. Now i want to give the lended money back to the hindu man, but unfortunatle i do not know where the man is. The man is hindu. Could please tell me, what should i do to give his money back. i do not know where the man is now. how will i be able to give the borrowed money back, which my father borrowed.
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Debt of deceased
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Regardless of whether the debt is owed to a muslim or a non-muslim, the Messenger of Allah (saws) laid great emphasis that debts should be discharged. Such is the significance of discharging debts in Islam that Allah Subhanah has commanded that before the heirs of the deceased receive even a cent from the inheritance, the debts of the deceased should be discharged and only if something is left after the paying of the debts of the deceased should the balance be distributed amongst their surviving heirs.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 3558 Narrated by
I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) say: A loan must be paid back, a she-camel lent for a time for milking must be returned, a debt must be discharged, and one who stands surety is held responsible.
Sahih Muslim Hadith 4649 Narrated by Amr ibn al-'As
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: All the sins of a Martyr are forgiven except debt.
Your Question: Could please tell me, what should i do to give his money back. i do not know where the man is now. how will i be able to give the borrowed money back, which my father borrowed.
Beloved brother, fear Allah and sincerely try to the absolute best of your ability to locate the person (regardless of whether he is a muslim or non-muslim) and discharge the debt of your deceased father. If the person who lent your father is dead, it is your duty to pay the debt of your father to his heirs.
If after even your very best efforts you are unable to locate the person, then spend that wealth on some deserving charity or the poor and needy with the sole intention of paying back your fathers debt; it is expected that your Lord Most Gracious will accept your efforts and your intention in repaying your fathers debts and relieve your father of his burden from His Grace in the Hereafter.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,