He died after completing the marriage contract. Should the rest of the mahr be counted as a debt that he owes?

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He completed the marriage contract with her, then he died. He had  already given her a part of   the mahr, and he has other debts besides the mahr. What should the heirs do with regard to the remaining part of the mahr?
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Praise be to Allaah.

We put his question to Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allaah preserve him, who answered as follows:

 The remaining part of the mahr should be included with the other debts, and whatever was given to her (the bride) previously belongs to her. And Allaah knows best.

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