The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ruling 534

The guardian of a woman is her husband. In other cases, the guardian of a deceased person is the heir in accordance with the order of the tiers of inheritance, which will be mentioned later. In each tier, men take precedence over women; however, it is problematic to consider [certain members of the family as having precedence over others, such as] the father of the deceased over the deceased’s son; his paternal grandfather over his brother; his brother over his paternal half-brother or over his maternal half-brother; his paternal half-brother over his maternal half-brother; and his paternal uncle over his maternal uncle. Therefore, in these cases, the requisite precautionary action must be taken. Furthermore, if there are a number of guardians, the permission of one of them suffices.