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Paying creditors with a share of one’s expected inheritance

Nasihah (Advice): Relieving the burdens of a believer


Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgement; And whoever helps ease a Muslim’s difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter; And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter; And Allah is in the help of a servant as long as the servant is engaged in helping his brother.” (Tirmidhi)




Question and Answer:


  1. QI will be an heir and own a share in my father’s property. Can I give my share to my creditor to pay off my debts that I owe him whilst my father is still living?


(Question published as received)



  1. Being a potential heir in a share of a property does not make one a shareholder in the property as one does not own it. More so, heirs are only determined after the demise of the deceased.


As such, you cannot pay your creditor by giving your potential share of your father’s property to him whilst your father is still alive.



And Allah Knows Best



Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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