Eating at relatives homes where the inheritance was not distributed according to Shari'ah

Q: Is partaking meals permissible in a home where the the inheritance was not divided among the heirs which is a very common scenario in almost every home. If it is not permissible then one would perhaps not go to any of his relatives, friends home? What is the sharee ruling regarding it and would it affect Sila Rahmi (maintaining family ties) if we don’t visit our close relatives because of this?

A: This is not in keeping with taqwa and precaution. In fact, in some situations this will be absolutely haraam where there are small children who are part of the estate or people who cannot speak up for their rights. In such circumstances, it is forbidden and haraam to eat in such a home.

Tell them that you have no hatred for them but this is the shar`ee position.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)