Respected Mufti, Asalam Alaikum
In our masjid the Quran is about to be finished in the taraweeh prayers. On completion of the Quran is it permissible to collect money from the community to give it as a gift to the imam ? Should the imam accept it ?
I would like to congratulate you upon the symbolic occasion of Khatmul-Quran. May Allah accept your reciting and listening to the Quran and forgive any mistakes made duing recitation or listening.
I do not believe that it is appropriate to collect money for this purpose because someone may end up giving money under some sort of pressure and unwillingness. However, if people give money to the Imam our of their willingness and happiness then there is no harm for Imam in accepting that money as a gift. Also, if people give money to one person out of their own desire of gift giving and then that person presents it to the Imam then there is no harm in such a giving and accepting.
If Imam is being given this money with the intention of Ujrah (cost) for reciting Quran then it would not be permissible.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America