Registering the nikaah according to the C.O.P contract

Q: Is it permissible to register the Nikah according to the C.O.P contract (community of property contract)?

A: The law of Shariah is that each spouse is the sole owner of his or her property. The C.O.P (community of property) contract contravenes the law of Shariah (i.e. the law of inheritance). Hence distributing the inheritance according to the C.O.P contract is impermissible. Each heir will inherit according to the Shar’ee stipulated laws of inheritance.

فللزوجات حالتان الربع بلا ولد والثمن مع الولد … فللزوج حالتان النصف والربع (الدر المختار 6/770)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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