Is it permissible to leave all one’s assets to just one of your children?
Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.
I pray you are well.
No, this is not permissible. Upon one’s death, all of one’s assets automatically become the property of one’s heirs according to the distribution of the Qur’an. No one has a right to do otherwise, with the exception of giving one third to anyone but a direct heir. [Quduri, Matn al-Quduri]
It is the responsibility of the heirs to ensure this distribution takes place. Anyone who does not will have a very difficult time on the Day of Judgement. This is a very serious matter, and it should be treated as such.
Please consult with a reliable local scholar to learn about the proper division and distribution of the assets.
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.