Oman imam rejects RO250,000 won in bank raffle

19 Apr 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

The bank entered all customers with a minimum of RO1,000 in their account into the annual raffle and Al Ghaithi’s name was drawn at random for the cash prize.



The imam of an Omani mosque has returned a RO250,000 cash prize from a bank raffle, saying it would be “unlawful” for him to accept the money under Sharia, the Abu Dhabi based newspaper The National reported on Tuesday.

Sheikh Ali Al Ghaithi, 70, who lives in Sohar, returned the money on Tuesday after he was notified by the National Bank of Oman over the phone of his “good fortune”.

“They told me I was fortunate but it is not a ‘fortune’ to win money I have not earned. Islamic laws say I cannot keep such money. So I told my bank to keep it. It is that simple,” Al Ghaithi, who has an account with the National Bank of Oman, told The National.

The bank entered all customers with a minimum of RO1,000 in their account into the annual raffle and Al Ghaithi’s name was drawn at random for the cash prize.

But the imam said he had put money into his bank account to save it and not “to make more money from doing nothing”.

Meanwhile, The National Bank of Oman, which is the country’s second biggest in terms of assets, confirmed that Al Ghaithi had returned the money. “We always respect the wishes of our customers. This is not the first time a customer wins a raffle draw and returns the money to us.” a spokesman for the bank was quoted as saying by The National.


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