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|Does the Father Own Everything After the Mother’s Death?|
|Dear scholars, As-salamu `alaykum. If my father is still alive after my mother’s death does he become the natural owner of everything my mother owned, or is there an Islamic injunction that my mother’s assets should be distributed? If there is to be a distribution what are the shares? My family now consists of my father, my four sisters and myself. I was of the opinion that as long as my father is alive I do not have to bother about any distribution. Please advise. I would also like to know about zakah. Where did the 2.5 percent figure come from? In the hadith it is mentioned that zakah must be paid on silver at this rate, but does that apply to everything? Does the Qur’an mention anything about that? Jazakum Allah khayran.|
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