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The Muslim Does Not Inherit From the Disbeliever

A family composed of a father, a mother and they have eight children - four males and four females, and they were all Christians. Three of the sons and one daughter accepted Islam and then their father died, leaving a large inheritance amounting to approximately eighteen million Saudi Riyals. Do the sons who accepted Islam have a right to inherit from their father who died as a disbeliever?

If the matter is thus, then the Muslim children whose father died as a disbeliever do not inherit. This is based upon the narration of Al-Bukhari and Muslim, on the authority of Usamah bin Zaid, may Allaah be pleased with him, who reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: The Muslim does not inherit the disbeliever, neither does the disbeliever inherit the Muslim. [1] And Allaah is the Granter of success. And may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

[1] Al-Bukhari no. 6764 and Muslim no. 1614

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