Looking after the wealth of an autistic person

Q:

1. If an autistic baaligh child does not know the value of wealth, will her wealth be like the wealth of a non-baligh orphan? Meaning that her wealth would be given to her guardians to use only in the interests of the child.

2. I have an autistic relative. I have some of her wealth in my possession for safe-keeping as I fear that if I give it to her parents, they may misuse it. Meaning that they may use it for their other children also (not only in the interests of the autistic child). What should I do with that wealth?

3. If I have that wealth in my possession for safe-keeping, and someone (non-baligh) uses it without my knowledge, would I have to pay back any amount to the autistic child?

A:

1. Yes, provided her guardian is honest, reliable and looking only for the child's interest.

2. Do what is in the best interest of the child.

3. If it was your negligence then you should repay. And if you can reclaim the money from the person who had abused the wealth then try to do so.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)