How shall we distribute the inheritance of my grandparents?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Respected mufti


Please advise me as to the correct way of distributing inheritance of my late grandfather.

The amount to be distributed is R48, 779,712

Scenario. 1

Survived by:

  1. Wife – (deceased in 1988)
  2. Daughter
  3. Daughter –
  4. Mother, 1 sister & 4 brothers

Scenario. 2

  1. Wife – survived by:

1.1 sherbanu- daughter

1.2 zubeda- daughter

1.3 ebrahim – brother (deceased before ayesha)

1.4 ismail – brother (deceased before ayesha)

1.5 abdul haq – brother (deceased before ayesha)

1.6 hawaii bibi – sister

1.7 sarah – sister

1.8 khatija – sister

1.9 amina – sister

Is it possible for you to work out for us the two scenarios separately? I.e when my nana passed away. And thereafter when my nanni passed away


Mohammed Saleem Randeree


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We were advised that your grandfather was survived by his wife, mother, sister, 2 daughters and 4 brothers. Accordingly, the inheritance of your grandfather will be distributed as follows:



The deceased`s estate will be divided

Into 216 equal shares as follows:

Will receive (in R) from

total of R 48, 779, 712

Wife 27 6, 097, 464
2 Daughters 144 (72 each) 16, 259, 904 each
Mother 36 8, 129, 952
1 sister 1 225, 832
4 brothers 8 (2 each) 451, 664 each


Similarly, we were advised that your grandmother was survived by her 4 sisters and 2 daughters. Accordingly, the inheritance of your grandmother, Ayesha, will be distributed as follows (this is based on the assumption that she did not possess anything besides that which is inherited from her husband, your grandfather):


The deceased`s estate

will be divided as follows:

will receive (in R)

From total of R 6, 097, 464

4 Sisters 1/3 508, 122 each
2 Daughters 2/3 2, 032, 488 each


Please note: After combining both the scenarios, both the daughters, Sherbanu and Zubeda, each will inherit R 18, 292, 392 in total.

The predeceased brothers will not inherit anything.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hanif Yusuf Patel

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.