Father Passed Away Leaving Behind His Wife, Three Sons and Five Daughters

26th October 2015


السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Question: My father has passed away and our mother is still alive. Mother owns her home and she has 8 children; 3 sons and 5 daughters. She has asked me to find out how this should be divided Islamically. I am finding it difficult to give her the right answer so please explain this clearly.


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In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



In reference to your case scenario, after discharging all funeral expenses, clearing all outstanding debts and executing one-third of the will from the deceased’s wealth (that is if he made a will), whatever remains from your father’s estate must be distributed among his legal heirs namely; his wife, sons and daughters. The first 1/8th of the total asset must be subtracted for his wife’s (your mother) share. Thereafter whatever remains must be divided by 11 shares between the children; each son inheriting double the share of each daughter.


[Allãh Knows Best]


Written by (Mufti) Abdul Waheed

Answer Attested by Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam

JKN Fatawa Department