|Q.) My friend's uncle died few months ago, he left two sons and a house. He made no will at all as to how to divide the estate.
One son lived with the father till he died and the other son lived separately. The son who lived with the father made renovations and decorated the house while the father was alive.
A surveyor has valued the house, and it valued at £80,000.00 (Eighty thousand pounds).
The situation at present is as follows:
1. Now that the father has died the question is how should the estate be divided Islamically, as no Will was left?
2. The younger brother is saying, because he spent money on the house while his father was alive that amount should be deducted from the total value of the house when the wealth is distributed. The younger brother spent £20,000.00 in renovations.
The two brothers are arguing between themselves. What is the correct way to divide the estate Islamically? [Vashiullah]