Husband Passed Away Leaving Behind a Wife and Siblings

6th February 2016

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Question: Husband passed away leaving behind only a wife and his siblings; brothers and sisters. He has no parents and no children so how will his estate be distributed Islamically?

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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 his estate will be distributed between his beneficiaries starting with his wife, one brother and three sisters. The wife will first receive her share of inheritance which is 1/4 of the estate. The remainder 3/4 will be shared out between his siblings from which the brother will receive double the share of each sister.


[Allãh Knows Best]


Written by (Mufti) Abdul Waheed

Answer Attested by Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam

JKN Fatawa Department