We are honored to bring you this guest post from Dr. M Yaqub Mirza, President & CEO, Sterling Management Group, Inc. and author of “Five Pillars of Prosperity: Essentials of Faith-Based Wealth Building” which is available on Amazon. This article is an excerpt from his book released here in two parts. You can read Part I here.
Giving While Living: Part II
There appears to be much confusion within the Muslim community when it comes to distribution of wealth among one’s children. To begin with, while living, we must treat all of our children equally in every respect (i.e., upbringing, clothing, education, cars, marriage, and travel), and without discrimination between male and female. A child, whether male or female, has a right to sustenance, education, proper care, and being treated equally while the parents are alive. (An exception is if one child is handicapped and has special needs –therefore, this child may be given more than the others.) This principle is supported by Hadith. The Prophet asked a man who had given a gift to his son: “‘Have you other children besides this one?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ The Prophet asked, ‘Have you awarded a gift like this to all of them?’ The man said, ‘No.’ The Prophet said, ‘I am not going to bear witness to this act of injustice.’” Continue reading