Q: A man passes away leaving a widow. She used to live alone with him in a complex. The man was self sufficient. i.e. he had many assets. During her Iddat who is responsible for the paying of her everyday expenses? Expenses such as: Water & Lights, Telephone/mobile accounts, Domestic helper, Car maintenance, etc. Does this come out from the estate or is it the in-laws' responsibilities to pay for such expanses?
A. If her family members are by the means, they should take responsibility for her expenses. They will be rewarded for their kindness. If not, it can be taken out from the estate but the amount taken should be deducted from her share of the estate.
Allah Ta'aala knows best.
Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai