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How to distribute Rs 654434.00/- after wife’s death among living family members?

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My wife died last month leaving behind cash Rs 654434.00/- Her mother & father is alive, she has two brother (both married) & one sister (married). She has two sons (16 & 10 years respectively) only & I am her husband. 1. Please guide me how to distribute the above mentioned cash as per given details. I would like to give fidyah of her qaza fasts (roza) from above mentioned cash, before it is distributed. If it is OK? 2. How much I can give for one qaza roza? However she didn’t do any wasiyat of this.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 576/544/M=6/1439)

(1, 2) If both the children (16 and 10 years of age) are the sons of the deceased wife then all the property of the said wife shall be divided into 24 shares according to Shariah. Out of the total you (husband) shall get 6 shares, while each parent of the deceased wife shall get 4-4 shares, while each son shall get 5-5 shares. In this case, the brother and sister of the deceased wife shall get nothing. If the deceased has not made a will of paying fidyah of her missed fasts then it is not necessary and wajib on her heirs to pay it. Yet, if you or some other heir want to pay the fidyah of the fasts missed by the deceased then it is allowed to do so. But paying fidyah before dividing the property is only lawful in case when all the heirs are adult and all show their consent for the same, otherwise not. The fidyah of one fast is equal to Sadaqah Fitr i.e. 1.574 kg and 640 milligram wheat.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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