Are children obligated to fulfil a promise made by their parents?

Q: Me and my sister are co-owners of a flat. We agreed to sell it. Following a discussion between two of us over the fact that I will lose money, she said in a WhatsApp chat to me: “u will not lose money. Once it’s sold I will give you most of my share too. It has been my intention to give you the money all along.” Since then my sister has unfortunately fallen very ill and is in a coma. Her husband and children are now in charge of her affairs. Are they required to abide by the promise she made to me via WhatsApp once the flat is sold?

A: This promise is not binding.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)