Q: What is the Islamic ruling regarding gifting a fixed property? My in-laws got into financial difficulty and I put the house on my name in 1997. I did not pay the monthly bond instalments. These were made by my sister in law. However I was indebted for about R80000 since the bond was initiated for some other expenses my in-laws had incurred. My father in-law suffered a stroke and his health has deteriorated for the past fifteen years. One cannot understand his speech and requirements. My mother in-law has basically taken charge for the day to day running of the house and well-being. My in-laws have four children comprising of two sons and two daughters. The sons have not contributed to the upkeep of the bond. My mother in-law has decided to give the house once paid up and debts settled to my sister in-law. What is the Shar’ee ruling on this? Can the property be gifted to her whilst my in-laws are alive? Please advise me on the way forward.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)