Is there any opinion stating Christians can Inherit from Muslims?

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Fatwa ID: 03892

Answered by: Maulana Naieem Mohammad



The default ruling is that a Christian child should not inherit from their Muslim father. Is this correct? Has any Ulama written otherwise?


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



The general and default ruling is that Muslims do not inherit from no-Muslims and vice versa.

We have not come across any ruling from the scholars of Ahlul Sunnah wal Jamaa’ which contradicts the hadith of the Prophet (s.a.w.) that states,

”A Muslim is not entitled to inherit from a non-Muslim, and a non-Muslim is not entitled to inherit from a Muslim.”[1] This is the general ruling of the scholars of Fiqh.[2]



Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Naieem Mohammad

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham



[1] Kitaab ul Faraaidh, (11)- Hadith # 3929,Saheeh Muslim


[2] Mukhtasir Qudoori,pg 708


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