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Q:

AsslamAlikum I have a question regarding inheritance according to Sharia. My Father died a couple of years ago and left only me and my sister. We lived a very beautiful life when my parents were alive and we two brothers and sister were un married. Being elder my brother was all responsible for all the financial and admin matters of our faimly. Finally we got married when we brothers were under education. All was going well. Suddenly the faimly of my brother's wife started interfering our personal, financial matters which my father and mother strictly asked them to never dare to do such again. we comleted education and i got good job but my brother never took interest in earnings and never earned a penny. He started stealing fund dividends. When my Father knew all about he was too angry and he took all the responsibility of investments and handed it to me. After a year my brother left to our motherland without informing anyone and taking all the valuables and stock exchange investments with him. He lived there for seven months and died. My father took responsibly of deceased children. After death of brother my Father took the remaining funds back which were in the name of all the faimly members including deceased brother. He then handed over all the funds to me to look after and even to trade at my own discretion. After some months my mother also died. After her death my Father lost all the interest in his life. I left job on Father's will and started formal work in shares market using all of that fund. My Father asked me to do what u want. I transfered all the fund at my name and started good earning at home alongwith look after of my Father. My Father was aware of the fact but he never asked me any thing about it. Even he asked me to transfer all of his estates but i kept asking him i dont need any thing as he was my all. And thought he might be testing me. Although the control of his estate was i my hand. he never bother to look any matter after mother's death He passed five yrs after my mother's death. He left me alone too. As soon as he died my deceased brother's widow started crying and shouting for part of the orphan children share to which i asked her to hand over at adulthood of the childern. But she never compromised and started court cases. In short she did every thing what she could even a murder attempt. She is not only claiming her husband share also my Father's estate with 500%increased amount. Due to acute pressure of her all faimly members plus relation with criminal ppl, I m ready to hand over her all the share thats prascribed by our Paki govt., but due to some judiciary issue its taking time and being illitrate she is not understanding fact. Its being two yrs passed she made it tough to live. almost all of the investment is in huge losses. Lot of time i intended to quit but i hv responsibility of sister faimly and my own. My Sister is with me. The purpose of all this writing is that like every one i cannot find my fault or sin. I sacrifed all of carrier just to look after my Parents. Now due to age factor, lack of exprience no one gives me job. Where is my fault and which sin i committed in exchange to this hardness that i am facing. Am I wrong or she is wrong. I m so sorry about this long story. جزاک اللہ

A:

Bismillah ArRahman ArRaheem 

Wa-Alaykum As Salaam  

Your question seems to have changed from "Inheritance" as per the subject to that of "What is my sin?"  We'll assume that the question you intended was the one in the content of the email.

Of course, in how you have described the matter, you have not sinned at all, but rather, have tried your best to look after you family and parents.  It seems, according to your description, that your deceased brothers wife is trying to maximize her financial return even if she does not have any legal claim over it given that her husband (your brother) has taken the funds with out permission to satisfy his own needs.

A test is sometimes use in order to determine your level of faith, and not necessarily to punish you for a sin.  

 أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ

Do men imagine that they will be left (at ease) because they say, We believe, and will not be tested with affliction? 29:2

وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَاتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ الصَّابِرِينَ
الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّـهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ 

And surely We shall try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and crops; but give glad tidings to the steadfast, 2:155

 Who say, when a misfortune striketh them: Lo! we are Allah's and lo! unto Him we are returning. 2:156

Regards, 

 

 
Syed Samer Hakim
BPharm GDipAppFin (Finsia) 
 

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