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Lost Money Found

Q:

Salaam Alaykum, I work in sheltered housing for elderly a resident passed away and I found in cash 19,140 pounds if I wanted I could of kept the money but I given to authorities so he can have a funeral and pay his debts rest to his family I am need of money like 4,000 pounds but still did not take the money. Some relatives and work colleagues are calling me idiot , as he was dead and non Muslim and I need Money plus they saying would not be a SIN but my heart is at peace I want to known how much of big sin this would of been and give them a Islamic reply to them Hope you can help

A:

Alaykum Salaam
 
What you did was correct, because it was not your money to take. It belonged to his heirs.
Taking it would have been stealing, and that is a great sin, with no goodness form it in this world or the next.
May Allah increase in your blessings for this noble act.
 
Kind regards
Abbas Jaffer