Q 1: I bought a piece of building land in installments for my children - both the boys and the girls equally. I paid a deposit and I will continue to pay the remainder in installments, with Allah’s Permission, as a gift from me to them. My question is:
Is it obligatory that the shares of boys should be twice that of the girls
or is this ruling restricted only to inheritance and does not apply to gifts given when alive?
If anyone gives gifts to their children during their lifetime, it is obligatory for them to be fair and give the male twice the share of the female, according to what is prescribed by Allah (Exalted be He) regarding the distribution of inheritance. Giving gifts during one’s life is one of two forms of giving, as
`Ata', said, “They would not divide it, except in accordance with the Book of Allah (Exalted be He).” May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.