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Can a stepson inherit from his stepfather

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Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah


I built a house for my step dad when he was alive. He is now deceased and my step siblings are claiming the property. Can I reclaim it, what is the ruling according to Sharia? If my step dad’s properties are being distributed can I inherit anything from him?



When you built the house for your stepfather and you gave it to him, he i.e. your stepfather has become the rightful owner of it.

A stepson does not inherit from his stepfather as there is no cause for inheritance between the stepson and the stepmother.  The causes of inheritance are lineage, slave-to-master and marriage.

Therefore, unfortunately you do not have a right in the house you built for your stepfather. However, you should not feel upset or let down as you have done a good deed which you will be repaid for in the Hereafter.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham.

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