Q: My mother has 4 kids: 2 daughters, one son and also 1 daughter from her ex-husband. All the 4 kids are married and she wants to distribute her property now. How she should do this? Is there any advise for her?
A: The Ahaadeeth on distribution of wealth to children teach us that we should give them equally, whether the children are male or female. During one’s lifetime one will not distribute wealth among one’s children according to the laws of inheritance, but will give them equally, male or female. This is not considered inheritance because the giver is still alive; instead this will be regarded as a gift. Gifts should be given equally amongst children. Although it is permissible to give them unequally, the Hadeeth discourage us from doing so. (As Sunanul Kubraa V6 P176)
Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked by: Mufti Siraj Desai