Distribution of husband's private pension payout after his demise

Q: My husband passed away and we have been given the details of the inheritance which I have to the best of my knowledge and with what I have had in my control given to the inheritors. I have one question regarding his private pension, this was basically set up and usually the wife gets the payments if the husband passes away. Does this money then belong to just the wife or do I have to share it with all the inheritors? 

A: If this was voluntary, which is normally the case in a private pension then the total amount of his contributions will form part of the estate and the surplus should be given out in charity to poor and deserving individuals.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)