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Delaying the winding of an estate

Fatwaa ID: 737

السلام عليكم ورحمةالله وبركاته
Respected Mufti

If the estate and belongings of a deceased is delayed in being distributed, does this cause any punishment or suffering for the Marhoom?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

It is necessary to wind up the estate immediately after the demise of a person without any unnecessary delay. The delay may cause inconvenience to the deceased, especially if he has outstanding debts or there is a dispute amongst the heirs. The sin and burden however will be on those who are delaying it or disputing over it, not the the deceased unless he had advised such. The winding up of the estate is from the rights of others. Hence, the executer of the estate must be diligent and Allaah-conscious.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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