Distributing an estate in installments

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Q. I am an executor of an estate. I would like to distribute the estate according to Shariah but I would like to do so in installments? Is it permissible for me to do so?

A. It is not permissible for the executor of an estate to distribute the estate of the deceased in installments unless all the surviving heirs of the deceased mutual agree to do so. (Al Barur-Raa’iq)

As such, the heirs of the deceased should be given their share of the estate as soon as possible without any unnecessary delay.

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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

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