Please tell me the shares of how my estate will be divided.

I have a wife, 3 daughters, and 2 sons.



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


From the outset, it is important to understand that the correct allocation of the shares of one’s estate can be only be done after his/her demise, taking into consideration the heirs he is survived by. One may not draw up a will and include in it the shares that are to be distributed to the heirs. This is due to the possibility of one of the heirs passing away before him/her.

Nonetheless, for knowledge purposes, hereunder is a breakdown of the shares your heirs will be entitled to upon your demise, after all bequests and dues have been paid off, and subject to all of them being alive at the time of your demise:


  • Your wife will receive 1/8 of the estate (12.5%).
  • The 2 sons and 3 daughters will receive the remaining 7/8 of the estate at the ratio of 1:2 (1 share for the daughters and 2 shares for the sons). Hence, each daughter will receive 1/8 (12.5%) and each son shall receive 2/8 (25%).


The demise of any one of the heirs shall result in the apportioned shares changing dramatically. Furthermore, if you are survived by both parents or any one of the parents, they will inherit and again the shares will change accordingly.




And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Nabeel Valli

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


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