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Settling debts and funeral expenses before winding up the estate

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za
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Q:

1. If a person passes away and he has a debt of R1000 and his total savings are R1500, should the debt be paid off first eventhough it’s more than 1/3 of his wealth and then R500 that remains be divided into 3 portions and fulfill the will from the 1/3 of R500? 

2. And when paying for the funeral expenses, if it totals R100 for instance, will the R100 be deducted from 1/3 of his wealth or will it be paid first and then his savings be divided?.

Bismillaah

A:

1. Yes.

2. It will be paid first.

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

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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