The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Questions and Answers
5Question: Concerning the holy verse: “When We heard the clamour of the children as yet unborn, We doubled their share and decreased those of the rest.”
Answer: According to the Book of God, the estate of the deceased is divided into 2,520 shares, which number is the lowest common multiple of all integers up to nine, and these shares are then distributed into seven portions, each of which is allocated, as mentioned in the Book, to a particular category of heirs. The children, for example, are allotted nine blocks of 60 shares, comprising 540 shares in all. The meaning of the statement “We doubled their share” is thus that the children receive a further nine blocks of 60 shares, entitling them to a total of 18 blocks all told. The extra shares that they receive are deducted from the portions of the other categories of heirs, so that, although it is revealed, for instance, that the spouse is entitled to “eight parts comprising four hundred and eighty shares,” which is the equivalent of eight blocks of 60 shares, now, by virtue of this rearrangement, one and a half blocks of shares, comprising 90 shares in all, have been subtracted from the spouse’s portion and reallocated to the children, and similarly in the case of the others. The result is that the total amount subtracted is equivalent to the nine extra blocks of shares allotted to the children.
Cross-References
Inheritance,   4, 15, K20, 152-55, n38
allocation of shares and property,   K20, n38
brothers,   K20, Q6, n38, n39
children,   K20, K22, K29, Q28, Q33, n38, n41
father,   K20, n38
mother,   K20, n38
Inheritance (cont.)
allocation of shares and property (cont.)
sisters,   K20, n38
spouse,   K20, Q55, n38
teachers,   K20, n38, n40
Study Guide
How many shares is the estate divided into?