Is it permissible for the Masjid board to purchase gift cards, as a token of appreciation, for maktab teachers using Masjid operations money?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Yes, it would be permissible. The gift cards purchased with operations money can be counted as part of the teacher’s salary. In today’s day and age, it is common for employers to give employees bonuses and gifts based on their performance; hence, there is no issue with this.
Fatawa Mahmudia: v. 22, p. 174-175 (Darul Isha’at); Kitab An-Nawazil: v. 13, p. 324-325 (Darul Isha’at)
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Written by Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
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