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Distribution of Inheritance of an unmarried woman?


How is inheritance of an unmarried woman divided who leaves behind a sister, sons of that sister and a daughter of a deceased brother.
Thank you.


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

In the question it has not been mentioned if the parents of the deceased unmarried woman are alive or not.

In general:-

  1. If the parents of the deceased are alive, they will also inherit
  2. But if the parents have passed away then the brothers and sisters of the deceased person inherit. The brothers will inherit the double of sisters.
  3. If the deceased has neither parents alive, nor brothers and sisters then the inheritance goes to children of his/her brother and sister.

I will mention some of the cases below, and you can act upon them according to your scenario.

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Ruling 2753. If the only heirs of the deceased are his father or his mother and a number of his sons and daughters, the estate is divided into six parts: one part is inherited by his father or mother and the remainder is divided among his sons and daughters in a way that each son receives twice the share of each daughter.

Ruling 2749. If the only heirs of the deceased are his father and his mother, the estate is divided into three parts: two parts are inherited by his father and one part by his mother. However, if the deceased has two brothers or four sisters, or one brother and two sisters, and they are all Muslims and free [i.e. not slaves], and their father is also the father of the deceased even though their mothers may be different, and they have been born, then they do not inherit anything while the deceased’s father and mother are alive. In such a case, his mother inherits one-sixth of the estate and his father inherits the rest.

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider