Availing Cash Benefit for a Free Service
  • Question:

    I want to know about a scheme run by a bus service. Every weekend my company gives me cash so that I can purchase tickets for my long commute to work. A bus provides its customers with a free ticket after a passenger travels certain miles with them. Is it haraam to avail such facility as I also receive cash for ticket but on the other hand I travel free of cost?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Your company gives you travel expense to get to and from work. If you choose to avail of an incentive by the bus service where by they give you a free bus ride, that is permissible. This would be considered a gift from the bus company. In such a case you are not cheating your work company unless your work company is specifically instructed you to return any unused money that was given to you for the travel.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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