Category: Beliefs and Practices (Aqeedah)
Fatwa#: 30085
Asked Country: United Arab Emirates

Answered Date: Dec 03,2018

Title: Are the children responsible to pay off father’s medical bill?

Question

Asalam-u-Alikum, My father was recently shifted to USA, he was working there on store as sales man and earning USD 1500 Per month, He dont have free medical facility there, He went in emergency, got heart surgery after 4 days he Died (May his soul rest in peace) now hospital bills are in high amount who is responsible to pay bills, Back in home country my father owns a house but my unmarried sister n brothers are living there, please guide what we should do, is this burden on my late father or on his children.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Dear Brother,

We pray that Allah Ta’ala grant your father the highest abodes in Jannatul Firdaus.

When a person passes away, his debts must be paid from his estate after burial expenses. If your father had a house, that should be sold to pay the medical expenses. If the family experiences difficulty in selling the house, consider discussing the financial difficulties with the hospital where your father received treatment and request for relief from the debt.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Tareque Ahmed

Student Darul Iftaa
New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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