Inheritance of grand child.

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My question is about inheritance according to the shariat law. Do daughters have right to inherit the property which is not the earned property of her father but ancestral property of grandfather.Is it true only the grandsons or the sons have right over the ancestral property.


Example :- My grand father baught some land which my father inherited and gave the shares to his sisters.after this distribution now we are 5 granddaughters  and 1 grandson do the granddaughters have any share in that land.which has been a cultivating land and my father is also been doing cultivation on it. now he has 1 grandson who is a great grand son to my grandfather. does the inherited property go only to the sons grandsons and great grandsons only.




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Inheritance of grand child

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The ‘ashaab-ul-faraidh’ or legal heirs of the deceased in Shariah are

1.       The father of the deceased

2.       The mother of the deceased

3.       The wife of the deceased

4.       The sons of the deceased

5.       The daughters of the deceased


The grand-children or the great-grand-children of the deceased are not considered legal heirs of the property left behind by their grandfather/grandmother in Shariah Law.


Your Question: ….My grand father baught some land which my father inherited and gave the shares to his sisters.

Lets say your grand-father died and left behind a land worth 100,000.00, and his only surviving heirs were his one son (your father) and his two daughters (your father’s sisters).


In such a scenario, the distribution of the property of your grandfather will be as follows:-

The property will be divided into 4 equal shares, and the male would receive twice the share of the female.  Thus:

1.       The son (your father) would be entitled to twice the share of the sisters, ie. 50,000.00

2.       The two daughters (your father’s sisters) would be entitled to 25,000.00 each.


At the death of your father, who is survived by his one son and five daughters, the distribution of this property will be as follows:-


The property of your father (50,000.00) will be divided into seven equal shares and the male will receive twice the share of the females.  Thus:

1.       The son will receive 14,285.75

2.       Each of the five daughters will receive 7,142.85


The grand-children or the great-grand-children are not legal heirs of the property left behind by their grandparents in Shariah, but they will inherit only their proportion of the share left behind by their deceased father/mother.


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