Sixty-Four Acres of Land to be distributed between a wife, 4 sons and 8 Daughters

15th October 2020


السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Question:  My father passed away leaving behind  64 acres of agricultural land among us 4 brothers, 8 sisters (his children) and our mother (his wife). kindly inform us of the distribution of share in terms of acres. How much acres the brother gets and sister and mother?

الجواب حامداً و مصلياً

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



In reference to your query, after clearing all funeral costs, any debt and any bequeaths of one third of his to non-inheritors (if he made one that is) then the share for each beneficiary is as follows.  Your mother who is his wife will receive one eighth of the inheritance. [1]The rest of the seven eighths will be divided between the children; each son receiving double the share of what a daughter receives.[2] This means that;

  • Your mother (wife of the deceased) will receive 8 acres.
  • Each sister (daughter of the deceased) will receive 3.5 acres.
  • Each brother (son of the deceased) will receive 7 acres.

The number of the stipulated shares should total to 64 acres.


[Allāh Knows Best]


Written by:  Apa Sajeda          Reviewed by: Mufti Abdul Waheed

Attested by: Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam      

JKN Fatawa Department



[1] Al Quraan, Surah Nisaa, Aayat 12

وَلَهُنَّ الرُّبُعُ مِمَّا تَرَكْتُمْ إِنْ لَمْ يَكُنْ لَكُمْ وَلَدٌ فَإِنْ كَانَ لَكُمْ وَلَدٌ فَلَهُنَّ الثُّمُنُ مِمَّا تَرَكْتُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ وَصِيَّةٍ تُوصُونَ بِهَا أَوْ دَيْنٍ

Allamah Ibn Abideen, Radul Muhtaar, Kitabul Fara’idh, Vol 6. Pg.769

فَقَالَ (فَيُفْرَضُ لِلزَّوْجَةِ فَصَاعِدًا الثَّمَنُ مَعَ وَلَدٍ أَوْ وَلَدِ ابْنٍ

[2] Al Quraan, Surah Nisaa, Aayat 10

 يُوصِيكُمُ اللَّهُ فِي أَوْلَادِكُمْ لِلذَّكَرِ مِثْلُ حَظِّ الْأُنْثَيَيْنِ

Allamah Ibn Abideen, Radul Muhtaar, Kitabul Fara’idh, Vol 6. Pg.775

وَيَصِيرُ عَصَبَةً بِغَيْرِهِ الْبَنَاتُ بِالِابْنِ وَبَنَاتُ الِابْنِ بِابْنِ الِابْنِ) وَإِنْ سَفَلُوا (وَالْأَخَوَاتُ) لِأَبَوَيْنِ أَوْ لِأَبٍ (بِأَخِيهِنَّ) فَهُنَّ أَرْبَعٌ ذَوَاتُ النِّصْفِ وَالثُّلُثَيْنِ يَصِرْنَ عَصَبَةً بِإِخْوَتِهِنَّ،