Bequest of a non-Muslim

Q: I would like to know the ruling on wills from non-Muslim parents. I understand that one cannot recieve any money or possessions stipulated in the wills of non-Muslim parents unless it is less than 1/3, but if the will stipulated that the living parent gives the money or possessions throughout the life until it is paid is that permissible?

A: A Muslim cannot inherit from a non-Muslim and vice versa. However, if a non-Muslim parent bequeaths wealth (even if it is more than one third) for their Muslim child or for any Muslim, the bequeathed amount will be permissible for the Muslim.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)