Making an intention to gift half of one's property

Q: Muhammad owns a property. He was thinking of giving his wife half ownership of the property and may have made an intention in his heart to gift it. He never told her verbally directly or indirectly about this and as far as she is concerned it belongs to him. Neither did he tell anybody else or wrote anything about it.

He later decided against giving it. Does he still own the full property or does his wife now own half?

A: He owns the entire property.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)