Will a foster child inherit from foster parents?

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Q: When I was born my mother was mistakenly given a Muslim baby boy (someone’s else’s child). She fed him once, then fed him again. She realized that she doesn’t “like” this baby and called for the nurses. I was born pre mature so I was in the incubator. My father took down their address as he becomes my foster brother and I cannot marry him. We have no contact with him, have never met or seen him. We would like to know if he will now inherit? (since my mother has fed him two full feeds unintentionally) If he does inherit does he inherit from my mother and father?


A: He will not inherit.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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