By: Shaykh Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Patel (d.b)
The potential for conflict in money matters is an open secret. If one’s financial matters are not absolutely clear, problems in most instances are bound to arise. These problems sometimes lead to serious conflicts which often result in split families and estranged friends. In many cases the problem remains dormant and does not surface … until it is finally the time of distributing the inheritance. Then it suddenly explodes, bringing in its wake much misery and unhappiness.
Actually there should never be any serious problem. If the financial matters of the deceased were not absolutely in order, they can be sorted out. The root problem at this time is that the sharee‘ah is often totally cast aside. Suddenly the apparent piety also evaporates. Such statements are then heard which should never even cross a Muslim’s mind, let alone come onto his tongue. The un-Islamic laws of the land are then placed above the laws of Allah Ta‘ala. The severity of this situation should be understood well.