An analysis of the right of Muslim adopted children to inherit from their deceased parents in terms of the law of succession: A South African case study
Author: Muneer Abduroaf
Affiliations: BA (Shariah) LLB, LLM, LLD, Senior Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal Justice and Procedure, University of the Western Cape (UWC)
Source: Journal of Comparative Law in Africa, Volume 8 Issue 2, p. 63 – 73
This paper analyses the right of Muslim adopted children to inherit from their deceased parents in terms of the laws of succession within the South African legal context. The status of adoption in South African and Islamic law is looked at first by way of an introduction. This is followed by looking at the rights of adopted Muslim children to inherit from their deceased parents (biological and adoptive) in terms of the South African and Islamic laws of intestate (compulsory) and then testate (optional) succession.1 The paper further looks at the possibility of applying relevant Islamic law of succession provisions applicable to enable adopted Muslim children to inherit from the estate of their deceased biological parents within the South African legal framework. The paper concludes with an analysis of the findings and makes a recommendation.