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Making wasiyyat for a grandson

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Q: I would like to know if the marhoom used to say that when he passes away, a certain property must go to his grandsons, then is this a wasiyyat. The grandsons are not heirs.


A: If the son or sons of the deceased are alive, then in this case the grandsons will not be heirs of the deceased and will not inherit from him. Hence making a wasiyyat for them from one third of the estate will be permissible (i.e. after deducting the burial expenses and paying off all debts and liabilities).

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

ويروى عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” لا وصية لوارث إلا أن يشاء الورثة ” منقطع هذا لفظ المصابيح . وفي رواية الدارقطني : قال : ” لا تجوز وصية لوارث إلا أن يشاء الورثة ” (مشكاة رقم 3074)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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