Making a bequest for one’s daughter in law

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: My question to you is:

Notes to the question,

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• I have two brothers and 1 sister (we in total are 4)

• Gold worth $2000.

• Written and signed on a piece of paper in presence of 2 witness (my wife’s mom and I)

• No objections by brothers and sister.

Before my mom passed away, she wrote on a piece of paper that the gold worth $2000 should go to my wife when she dies (My wife’s mother and I were the witness). None of my siblings knew about this and got to know after the death of my mother and haven’t raised an objection. My mom gave my wife the gold because she made lot khidmat of her. What’s the Islamic ruling on this? 


A: If they are all in agreement that this was the bequest of the deceased and it falls within one third of her estate then it will go to your wife.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)