Can Parents Give to Their Children Their Inherited Shares While Alive?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam’aleykum,

My parents are alive and in good health but they want to distribute their wealth to me and my sisters according to the law of inheritance.

How should they go about it?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

May Allah Most High grant both your parents a long and blessed life.

Your parents can give you gifts now, but your inherited share of their wealth will not pass to you until one of them passes away. Even if they give you a share of their wealth now, the actual shares will be calculated and transferred at death.

At such a time, I’d advise contacting a reliable scholar.

Please also see: Dividing an Estate for Inheritance and: Inheritance Laws: Can I Stipulate Other Than the Determined Amounts Mentioned in the Qur’an?

And Allah alone knows best.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani