The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
shall revert to the House of Justice, to be expended by the Trustees of the All-Merciful on the orphaned and widowed, and on whatsoever will bring benefit to the generality of the people, that all may give thanks unto their Lord, the All-Gracious, the Pardoner.
22Should the deceased leave offspring, but none of the other categories of heirs that have been specified in the Book, they shall receive two thirds of the inheritance and the remaining third shall revert to the House of Justice. Such is the command which hath been given, in majesty and glory, by Him Who is the All-Possessing, the Most High.
23If the deceased should leave none of the specified heirs, but have among his relatives nephews and nieces, whether on his brother’s or his sister’s side, two thirds of the inheritance shall pass to them; or, lacking these, to his uncles and aunts on both his father’s and his mother’s side, and after them to their sons and daughters. The remaining third of the inheritance shall, in any case, revert to the Seat of Justice. Thus hath it been laid down in the Book by Him Who ruleth over all men.
24Should the deceased be survived by none of those whose names have been recorded by the Pen of the Most High, his estate shall, in its entirety, revert to the aforementioned Seat that it may be expended on that which is prescribed by God. He, verily, is the Ordainer, the Omnipotent.
25We have assigned the residence and personal clothing of the deceased to the male, not female,
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Internal Related Cross-References
Paragraph 22.
Paragraph 23.
Paragraph 24.
Paragraph 25.
Study Guide
Paragraph 22.
Should the deceased leave offspring, but none of the other categories of heirs”, how will the inheritance be distributed?
Paragraph 23.
When shall “The remaining third of the inheritance ... revert to the Seat of Justice.”?
Paragraph 24.
When is the estate left in its entirety to the Seat of Justice?
Paragraph 25.
Where have the residence and personal clothing of the deceased been assigned?
(See Note 44)
What is the law of primogeniture?
What is the moral responsibility of the eldest son?