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What Should a Person do, Who Finds Lost Property
Question:

A righteous man was travelling on the road and he found a sum of money but he did not find anyone to claim it, so he is asking what he should do with it?
Answer:

He must announce it in the public gathering places of the two nearest towns to the road on which he found the money and in other places where he thinks that he might find its owner among the residents. If a year passes without him finding the owner, he may keep it, or he may hold it with him until he finds its owner, or he may give it in charity on behalf of its owner. If he found him after that, he should inform him of what he has done. If he approved of it being given in charity, in that case, there is not harm. If he objected to it, he must return it to him and the charity will be his, or if he spent it like the rest of his money, he must reimburse his owner once he becomes known to him.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah, volume 5 / page 25
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