Answered by Shaykh Salman Younas
Question: Assalam aleykum
My father married twice; his first wife passed away and then he married my mother. From his first wife he has 1 son and 2 daughters .
My father had 5 sons and 2 daughters from my mother.
My question is about the money left after my father passed away. Do my half siblings have any right to that money?
We also didn’t pay for my fathers funeral from that money, rather myself and a couple of my brothers contributed as we didn’t have access to the funds at the time. Does that money have to be paid back to them?
Answer: assalamu alaykum
1. All of your father’s children are entitled to a portion of the wealth he left behind. This includes children he had from any previous wives.
2. Regarding the funeral costs, this does not have to be paid back to them if they decided to pay for it with their own money. The funeral arrangements are the responsibility of the surviving family of the deceased.
[Shaykh] Salman Younas
Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman where he spent five years studying Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford and continues his traditional studies with scholars in the United Kingdom.