Can I keep gifts that I received in a haram relationship?
Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barkatuh.
I pray you are well.
Yes, it is permitted to keep and use the gifted item – providing its usage is otherwise halal. The acceptance of the gift and the relationship are separate matters. The impermissibility of the relationship has no bearing on the usage of the gift now. If the given was given and received willingly, it is permissible to keep. [Quduri, Matan al-Quduri]
Alhamdulillah, being given the ability to repent was a gift for this person. He should ask Allah for protection from being in the same situation again and avoid the paths that lead there.
May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.