Taking a commission for distribution of property

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Q: My father had handed over property papers to his friend for safe custody, who is a property dealer. After my father’s death his friend distributed the property among the five of us i.e two brothers and three sisters. Is it write on his part to take commission on such distribution. If yes then at what rate?


A: If this entails some type of professionalism and it consumes your time and work then it is permissible. The heirs have the right to appoint another executor if they find him to be more appropriate for some reason or the other.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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