Inheritance, Property Rights, Women and Orphans (4:7 – 4:10)

Women’s Inheritance Rights

[4:7] The men get a share of what the parents and the relatives leave behind. The women too shall get a share of what the parents and relatives leave behind. Whether it is a small or a large inheritance, (the women must get) a definite share.
[4:8] During distribution of the inheritances, if relatives, orphans, and needy persons are present, you shall give them therefrom, and treat them kindly.
[4:9] Those who are concerned about their own children, in case they leave them behind, shall observe GOD and be equitable.
[4:10] Those who consume the orphans’ properties unjustly, eat fire into their bellies, and will suffer in Hell. 

4:7 shows the importance of making sure that women to receive a share of the inheritance.

As submitters we need to be extra careful when dealing with people’s property. This shows the importance of strong property rights. We need to take extra care to make sure that the most defenseless in society are defended and not neglected.

Gandhi

Appendix 36
http://www.quranalone.com/the-quran/appendices/appendix-36.php

  1. Maximum regard for people’s lives and properties. Therefore, there will be no crime against the people’s lives or properties.

Women’s rights in Kerala: A female state?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdujfJVShKk

Women’s Property Rights 101
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXjArbMIWcU

The best way to make sure our parents are taken care of is by observing righteousness since God is the one who provides for our loved ones and us.

[18:82] “As for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city. Under it, there was a treasure that belonged to them. Because their father was a righteous man, your Lord wanted them to grow up and attain full strength, then extract their treasure. Such is mercy from your Lord. I did none of that of my own volition. This is the explanation of the things you could not stand.”

And if we are unrighteous it can affect our future generations:

[72:27] “For if you let them, they will only mislead your servants and give birth to nothing but wicked disbelievers.

Do believers always have believing children?

Abraham had a disbelieving father and two prophets as sons. Noah had a son that disbelieved. Jacob had Joseph.

If you are righteous you become a blessing to those around you. It is a blessing from God to have believing children and believing spouses.

[52:21] For those who believed, and their children also followed them in belief, we will have their children join them. We never fail to reward them for any work. Every person is paid for what he did.

[13:11] Shifts (of angels) take turns, staying with each one of you – they are in front of you and behind you. They stay with you, and guard you in accordance with GOD’s commands. Thus, GOD does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change. If GOD wills any hardship for any people, no force can stop it. For they have none beside Him as Lord and Master.

Every person on this planet since the time of Adam has what it takes to become a believer, but it is a choice that we actively make to decide to submit or not. The choice is ours.

The Winners and the Losers

[35:39] He is the One who made you inheritors of the earth. Subsequently, whoever chooses to disbelieve does so to his own detriment. The disbelief of the disbelievers only augments their Lord’s abhorrence towards them. The disbelief of the disbelievers plunges them deeper into loss. 

[19:75] Say, “Those who choose to go astray, the Most Gracious will lead them on, until they see what is promised for them – either the retribution or the Hour. That is when they find out who really is worse off, and weaker in power.” [19:76] GOD augments the guidance of those who choose to be guided. For the good deeds are eternally rewarded by your Lord, and bring far better returns.

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