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Inheritance of second wives

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by TheMufti.com

Q. My father has two wives. He has separated form his second wife and his children from his second wife. If my father passes away, does his second wife and her children from him inherit from my father?


A. As long as a husband is married to his wife/wives i.e. they were not divorced from him when he passed away, all his wives will inherit from him upon his demise, irrespective if he had separated from them during his lifetime.

As for his children, all of them will inherit from him even if he had divorced any of his wives.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.

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