Q: My father had passed away and I being his daughter is entitled to inherit from his possession. My father left a large sum deposited in the bank that earned him compound interest annually, he officially was on a job, and earned a modest salary out of which any surplus over domestic expenditure was again deposited. By compound interest, I mean, any interest that was earned on the sum was added to the principal amount so that the next interest receipt could be claimed on the greater sum. After his demise, now any interest earned is brought into use by my mother and sister for their expenditure and for Zakaat purpose, no compounding therefore, now takes place. Before, however, during his lifetime, all his money was diluted with the interest receipts. I want to know whether it is permissible for me to claim my part of inheritance from this interest diluted money? Provided, If any money comes to me, it will no longer be used to earn interest. However, untiI I don’t get my part it will remain deposited to earn interest and the money is expected to arrive to me in a few years. Can I receive all my part of inheritance and use it for my means?
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)