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Theft of gold under guardianship

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

during ramadan 2011 we were travelling to umrah so I gave my wife gold to one of my friend to keep it under his guardianship, after when we were back and supposed recieved to recieve
our gold back it was stolen from his home.
my question is -- is it my friends responsibility to pay me back whatever I gave him to keep it under his guardianship?
Please enlighten us in details.
jazak allah.

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Technically, your friend should come forward and offer to make good the loss, because the gold was kept with him in trust and he should have protected and kept it safe. Did he make a police complaint to prove that it was actually lost? If he did not then it would be safe to assume that something is not correct.
Whichever way you look at it, your friend is responsible. If he could not protect it he should not have taken the responsibility. You did not force him.
Legally you might not be able to do anything as there is no written agreement between you and he did not receive any remuneration for his efforts. He should fear Allah swt and offer to reimburse you. On the other hand if he proves that it actually got stolen and he filed a complaint with the authorities, and you are satisfied with his story, then it is up to you to forgive if he requests you to.

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