Can Muslims inherit from non-Muslims?

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The majority opinion adopted by all four imams states that a Muslim may not inherit from non-Muslims. However, some scholars – including Mu`adh ibn Jabal, Mu`ayyiah ibn Abi Sufiyan, Sa`id ibn Musayb, and others – are of the opinion that a Muslim is allowed to inherit his non-Muslim relatives. This view is preferred by ibn Taymyyiah and ibn Al-Qayyim.

The second minority opinion is particularly helpful when living in the West. Some scholars add to that opinion by stating that a Muslim shouldn’t demand inheritance from non-Muslims but should take it if given to him and consider it a gift and a legal right.


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