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Does a woman inherit from her husband if her husband passes away before consummating the marriage?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by TheMufti.com

Q. Does a woman inherit from her husband if her husband passes away before consummating the marriage?


A. After the performance of Nikah between husband and wife, the consummation of the Nikah is not necessary for the wife or husband to be entitled to inherit from each other’s estate. The performance of Nikah is sufficient for husband and wife to inherit from each other’s estate.

Accordingly, if husband and wife were married in Nikah and irrespective if the Nikah was consummated or not, the husband or wife will be entitled to the inheritance of the deceased husband or wife. (Shaami 6/762)

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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