Having an accident while driving the car and the death of a passenger
Q: I would like to tell your Eminence that my brother and I were traveling in the desert. On the road, the car hit a bump and my brother's head knocked against the roof of the car. I called at him but he did not reply until after nearly half an hour. I went with him to the hospital of Tathlith, though it is about 175km away. He went into the hospital on 28 Dhul-Hijjah, 1413 A.H. I visited him with the senior traffic officer and some of his relatives. He forwent me and signed to this. Later on, he was moved to the hospital of
where he died
on Wednesday night 12 Muharram, 1414 A.H. The reason of death as reported by forensic medicine was due to vasospasm after a fracture in the spine in the wake of a car accident. It is worth mentioning that I gave Diyah (blood money) to the deceased's family. I hope your Eminence could guide me to what I should do to fulfill Allah's Right over me. May Allah reward you well!
If the case is as you have mentioned, you
should offer Kaffarah (expiation) for involuntary manslaughter, which is freeing a believing slave and if you do not find, you should fast for two consecutive months. (Part No. 21; Page No. 471) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.