Impermissibility of paying Sadaqah from the inheritance without the heirs' permission

Question:

If a person dies, is it permissible to give, in Sadaqah (voluntary charity), to the poor from their money before dividing it among the inheritors and without taking their permission?

Answer:

This is not permissible, because it is a kind of disposing of the money of others without their permission.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

  • Date: Muharram 12, 1442 AH
  • Source: Fatawa Al-Lajnah Ad-Da'imah no. 4990-5
  • Muftis: Shaykh Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz , Shaykh Abdullah ibn Qa'ud