Distribution of Inheritance (Part Two)

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On the same topic, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned that some people, on the passing away of a relative, donate their musalla, lota (jug), chair and other things to the madaaris which they consider to be a very rewarding deed, whereas this is totally impermissible. All the heirs now have a right to this wealth. After the burial arrangements have been completed, fulfilling his debts and carrying out that which he had bequeathed from a third of his wealth are the first things that need to be attended to. Thereafter, his wealth should be distributed immediately. Whoever has a right, should be given his due. Without first distributing this wealth, it is not permissible to make esaal-e-thawaab with the wealth and neither is it correct to donate part of it to a musjid or madrasah. Whoever wants to do so, should utilize his own wealth. It should not be done from the inheritance which is jointly owned.

With regard to this, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned a personal incident, “Once a person brought a large sum of money for the madrasah. I explained the mas-alah to him and returned the money saying that I cannot accept it as it belongs to the heirs. He pleaded to me to keep the money saying that it is a large sum. I returned it to him and replied that a madrasah is not a place to gather wealth, rather a madrasah is a place to earn the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala. The madrasah is a place to show people the masaail of deen and to show them the straight path.”

“It was always my habit to return such wealth. Some people became upset, but I was unperturbed by their anger. Allah Ta‘ala is sufficient to run the madrasah. The madrasah is a place to earn the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala, not the fire of Jahannam.”

“Allah Ta‘ala has sounded a severe warning for those people who usurp the wealth of orphans and other heirs for themselves. These people are those whose bellies are being burnt by the fire of Jahannam.” (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 241)

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