The inheritance as the sole property of the heirs unless they agree otherwise

Q 3: My wife died leaving gold jewels. I collected the jewels and wish to sell them. I have already given some of the jewels in charity on her behalf. Is it permissible to give it in charity to myself being heavily indebted as a result of marriage and dwelling expenses? We had actually only lived together for twenty months (may Allah be merciful to her). Please, bear in mind that (Part No. 16; Page No. 452) my wife's family gave up their share in gold, house or anything else, may Allah reward them good. Moreover, I am still young and in need of marrying again In sha’a-Allah (if Allah wills).

A: The wealth left by your wife including the gold is to be for her heirs, including yourself. If they give up their shares to you, you may dispose of it as you wish. Otherwise, you have to give them their shares. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.