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Husband and Four Children

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Q: What does a Muslim husband inherit from his Muslim wife if they have four children (who are no longer dependants) and she did not leave a will?
A: If the wife dies and there were four children, then whether the children were male or female, the husband will get 25% of the estate after burial expenses and any bequest.
a. If the children are sons they will share the remainder equally.
b. If the children were daughters, they will share the remainder equally.
c. If the children were sons and daughters, the sons will inherit double the share of the daughters.
The above three situations (a, b, c) will apply if the deceased left no surviving parents. If there were parents, the shares of the children will be different.

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