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Assalamualaikum , We are 3 brothers and 3 sisters in the family. My mother died on 2011. She was a government employee. Before death my mother selected my father as an only nominee of her pension in her office. So, my father received 1 million as a pension of My mother. Half of that money my father deposited in a bank and he made me as only nominee of that money. My father always told me that I kept this money for you because I could not do enough for you compare to my other sons and daughters. My father informed this to my other sisters also but brothers are not aware of it. My father passed away couple of months back. Now I received full amount money from bank as only nominee . But now all of my siblings demanding their share from that money. Now my question is as per Shariah is it obligatory to give them their share? If I keep this money would it be an act evil? What I should do now. Expecting a wise answer as per Shariah. Jazakallah Arif

A:

Waalykum salam 

 
Thank you for your Question. 
 
For an answer to your Query, I called the office of Sayyid Sistani and they said : 
 
1- Any money received from the government should go to the person(s) the government intends to send. For instance, if the government intends to send it to the children of the demised, then it is for all of you.(to be equally decided) 
 
2- Regarding the money that your father set aside in the bank, If you had retrieved the money (any legal form) while he was still alive, then that money is yours! But if the money is still in the bank and you hadn’t retrieved it, then  the money is an inheritance for all of you 6 children. (Should be divided according to the Shariah) 
 
Kind regards, 

Naajiya Jaffery