Al-Kāfi - Volume 7 > Inheritance of One who is Lost
Hadith #6

6- عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ زِيَادٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ مَهْزِيَارَ قَالَ سَأَلْتُ أَبَا جَعْفَرٍ الثَّانِيَ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) عَنْ دَارٍ كَانَتْ لامْرَأَةٍ وَكَانَ لَهَا ابْنٌ وَابْنَةٌ فَغَابَ الابْنُ بِالْبَحْرِ وَمَاتَتِ الْمَرْأَةُ فَادَّعَتِ ابْنَتُهَا أَنَّ أُمَّهَا كَانَتْ صَيَّرَتْ هَذِهِ الدَّارَ لَهَا وَبَاعَتْ أَشْقَاصاً مِنْهَا وَبَقِيَتْ فِي الدَّارِ قِطْعَةٌ إِلَى جَنْبِ دَارِ رَجُلٍ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا وَهُوَ يَكْرَهُ أَنْ يَشْتَرِيَهَا لِغَيْبَةِ الابْنِ وَمَا يَتَخَوَّفُ مِنْ أَنْ لا يَحِلَّ لَهُ شِرَاؤُهَا وَلَيْسَ يُعْرَفُ لِلابْنِ خَبَرٌ فَقَالَ لِي وَمُنْذُ كَمْ غَابَ فَقُلْتُ مُنْذُ سِنِينَ كَثِيرَةٍ فَقَالَ يُنْتَظَرُ بِهِ غَيْبَتُهُ عَشْرَ سِنِينَ ثُمَّ يُشْتَرَى فَقُلْتُ لَهُ فَإِذَا انْتُظِرَ بِهِ غَيْبَتُهُ عَشْرَ سِنِينَ يَحِلُّ شِرَاؤُهَا قَالَ نَعَمْ.

6. A number of our people have narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad from Ali ibn Mahziyar from who has narrated the following: “I once asked abu Ja’far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, about the case of a house that belongs to a woman who had a son and a daughter. Her son disappeared in the ocean, the woman died and the daughter claimed that her mother had given the house to her and she sold certain parts of it. One portion was left next to the house of a man of our people, he did not like to buy it because of the disappearance of the son, and for fear that, it may not be lawful for him to buy it with no news from the son. He (the Imam) asked me, ‘For how long has he disappeared?’ I replied, ‘It is many years.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘One must wait for ten years, then buy it.’ I then asked, ‘Is it lawful to buy it after ten years?’ He (the Imam) said, ‘Yes, it is lawful.’”