Q: One of the prominent figures of our village, Mr. Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Hadhal, died not long ago leaving no descendants. However, he has two cousins from two paternal uncles who are his father's half brothers from the father. The two paternal uncles are half brothers from the father. Muhammad also has some second full cousins, who are one degree lesser heirs than (Part No. 16; Page No. 538) the first cousins.
Who takes priority in inheriting by virtue of kinship; the half paternal cousin or the two full second cousins who are considered a lower degree of heirs?
We hope to receive a prompt reply from you to resolve this dispute. May Allah reward you!
If the case is as you mentioned, the half paternal cousins inherit from this man, since they are in a higher hereditary degree; thus excluding his full second cousins. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.