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Inheritance from haraam money

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Recently one of my cousins passed away leaving a big sum of money. He earned 100% of his money in a haram way. His son is very pious and he wants to know whether he can take that money to do a business. Is it haram or halal?

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Inheritance from haraam money

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Brother if your cousin inherits money that he knows belongs to someone else then he should make an honest attempt to return it to their rightful owners.

Otherwise the onus of earning haraam income will lie on the person who earned it. If your cousin does not need the inheritance it is best to give it away in charity if he is 100% sure that it was earned from whom he received it in a haraam way. The other option is he can use the money for his halaal business and when he earns enough he can give away his inheritance amount to charity if he wishes.

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