He Takes Home Some Things That The Company Has Thrown Out
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I work for
a company which provides us with meals each day. I do
not eat some of it; I collect it and take it home with
me. And they throw out some files so I collect them
and take them home. What is the ruling on that?
Praise be to Allaah.
It seems that
with regard to these meals, the company gives them to
their employees and workers to keep. The basic
principle is that if a person owns something (i.e., it
is his to keep), then he may dispose of it as he
wishes, Based on this, there is nothing wrong with you
taking home what is left of your own meal that the
company bought for you, unless the company has
specifically stated that nothing should be taken away.
In that case it is not permissible for you to take it.
There is nothing wrong with taking the files that have
been thrown out and making use of them, because if a
person throws something away, the one who takes it
becomes its owner. The Standing Committee was asked
about cheap or worthless things that are found in the
trash but are fit to be used – is it permissible to
take them home and use them? They replied as follows:
If the situation is as described and those things are
things that no one would care to keep, then there is
nothing wrong with taking them and making use of them.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah, 15/455.