Maintaining equality amongst ones children in gifting to them during ones lifetime

Q. I’d like to find out, I am 18 years old and my brother is 25 years old. My father has given my brother a car but has not given me a car. Is it my father’s responsibility Islamically to give me a car also just as he has given my brother a car? Do I not have a right as my brother also?

A. It is from the rights of children that parents maintain equality amongst them whilst gifting to them during their lifetime. To give preference to one child over another child during one’s lifetime due to a valid reason, for e.g. one child is more in need of it than the other child, will be permissible. To do so, without a valid reason will be Makrooh. (disliked). (Shaami 4/444)

In the enquired case, it is possible that your father has given preference to your brother over you as he may be more in need of a car than you. Later on, if you need and require a car, your father should do the same for you.

Note: In such circumstance, parents should discuss these types of matters amongst their children to avoid any disputes in future.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa