Q. I have 22 grandchildren Alhamdulillah. I have made an intention to give any grandchild of mine one Kruger coin if any one of them memorizes the Quran. Is this correct or do I have to be equal and give all 22 grandchildren of mine one Kruger coin?
A. It is preferred (Mustahab) for parents and grandparents to maintain equality in gifting amongst their children and grandchildren respectively. However, if one child or grandchild is given preference over another due to Deeni pursuits and achievements, for e.g. a child has memorized the Quran or a child has pursued or has become an Alim of Deen, then he/she may be given preference over the other children and grandchildren.
Hence, in the enquired case, it would be permissible for you as a grandfather to give a Kruger coin to any one of your grandchildren who memorizes the Quran in honoring their noble pursuits and achievements and as an encouragement for the other grandchildren to do the same.
Note: In such cases, parents and grandparents should make their intentions known to their children and grandchildren to avoid any misunderstandings and disputes in the future.
Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa