Complying With Fiqh Rules Regarding Inheritance

Ustadh Salman Younas breaks down the rules of inheritance in a complicated case, advising caution and consulting local scholars. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I am a single female, never married. My mother has passed, may Allah have Mercy on her. It seems straightforward that 2/3 of my assets would go to […]

Is Inheritance Divided According to Area or Value of Land?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum My maternal grandmother passed away last year leaving behind 2 children; a boy (my uncle) and a girl (my mother). Her husband (my grandfather) died long ago. She left behind a plot of land. My mother claims that the total price of the entire plot must be […]

What Are the Leeways in Dividing a Family Home After the Parents’ Death?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaikum, My family lives with my parent in the main family home. Can we remain there following the death of the parent, and only sell it when we want? Do we have to immediately give out the shares to the rest of the inheritors? Can the parent give […]

Can I give away all my wealth before dying?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: My children have careers and are settled. My wife has her own property and investments and income.Am I free to spend my wealth (in its entirety) as I see fit while I am alive and leave nothing for my heirs? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray […]

Inheritance Questions Following Father’s Death

Answered by Shaykh Ilyas patel Asalaam Alaikum, Our father passed away 3 years ago and left us some properties. We already split the biggest part but now there is a complicated bit left. My father had a joined bank account with my mom, before he died he said to my mom that the money in […]

Grandchildren Inheriting from Their Grandfather

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: Please advice whether grandchildren can inherit from the grandfather, when the father is already deceased and then the grandfather passes away, in the scenario that the grandfather himself still his own children (say one son and one daughter). If the grandchildren do not normally inherit, are there circumstances […]

Dividing an Estate for Inheritance

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: My father passed on in 1992. He left 4 plots of land. On 3 plots there are buildings of different values. My father had 2 wives and had children from both (alhamdulilah). Does the inheritance have to be divided into two equal parts and then each household, i.e, […]

Inheriting from Maternal Grandmother When Maternal Aunts and Uncles Are Living

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: My husband’s mother passed away in the early 2000’s. His maternal grandmother passed away recently. My husband’s maternal uncles and aunts are awarding him property as he would have inherited had his mother been alive at the time of his grandmother’s death. My husband’s question is can he […]

Converts and Inheritance

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I have a question regarding inheritance. My husband and I are both converts. Recently, my mother converted alhamdulillah; otherwise we have no Muslim relatives. We also have two adopted children who are young (8 year old twins). How should we structure are wills, so that my mother gets […]

Loans Entailing More Reward than Charity and the Validity of an Estate’s Executor Being a Beneficiary in the Will

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I have questions about 2 statements made by an imam, which I suspect to be incorrect. First, he said there is an authentic hadith wherein the prophet said that to give a loan is 17 times more rewardable than to give charity of the same amount. Secondly, on […]