DEBTOR DEFINATION

13 Feb 2019 Ref-No#: 1364

I have a relation who was sick and has passed on. At a point during his illness he was unconscious and we the family members decided to take him to Hospital were he was admitted and eventually died.

My question is we want to know islamically who the debtor is in this case; is it the Deceased or the family members that decided to take the deceased to Hospital?

Answer

Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

If there was no alternative, and the deceased had to go to that particular hospital, then he will be the debtor, and the funds can be deducted from his estate; after funeral and burial costs, and before distribution.

However, if there were alternatives, or if it was not necessary to take him to that specific hospital, then the relatives who took him there will be liable for the costs.