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Monday, January 25, 2010

Step Daughter Inheriting from Step Father

Q: My brother married a non-Muslim who had a daughter from a previous marriage. They reverted to Islam and he adopted her daughter. Does the daughter have any rights to inherit from his estate?

A: This step daughter will not automatically inherit from him. If he wishes that she receive something after his demise, he can make a Wasiyyat (bequest) which must be less than a third of his estate.

Mufti Siraj Desai