Time for paying zakat on an estate or inheritance
The petitioner's maternal uncle passed away on 9/4/2004. As he had no children of his own, his sisters' children inherited his estate and received their respective shares from the banks on 10/4/2005. When is zakat on the inheritance due? Is it to be calculated from the day of the uncle's death or from the day the heirs received their shares?
It is established in Islamic jurisprudence that the estate of a deceased is transferred to his heirs' possession immediately after his death even if they receive their legal shares at a later date.
The above answers the question and Allah the Almighty knows best.