Distributing the estate of one’s father

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Q: I want to know about inheritance (wirasat) matter according to Islam. We are three brothers and one sister. My father has passed away and he left 2 lak Rupees in the bank. He wrote my name as a heir (waris) in the bank. He didn’t verbally say or wrote anything at home stating that I am an heir (waris) in his bank balance. Do my brothers and sister have the right to divide the money among them? The bank does not want to give anybody the money except me since my name is written as an heir only.  


A: Yes, obviously. Allah has ordained their shares.

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


Answered by:

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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