The 18th Horse – Can You Solve?

Once there was a Man who left 17 Horses as asset for his three sons.

When the Man passed away, his sons opened up the Will.

The Will of the Man stated that the eldest son should get 1/2 (half) of total Horses while the middle son should be given 1/3rd (one-third) and the youngest son should be given 1/9th (one-ninth) of the total Horses.

As it was not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the three sons started to fight with each other.

Finally, the three sons decided to go to a Judge to solve their problem.

Dear Reader, If you are the Judge how will you solve the problem?

35 Responses to The 18th Horse – Can You Solve?

1. khaled May 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM #

17-1= 16

the Eldest6 son 8

17+1=18

the Middle son 6

the rest is 3

for the Youngest

it is more fair

2. Abdul Rahiman Khan March 24, 2015 at 10:58 AM #

Add 1 to 17. So 17+1=18
Half of the total= 18/2= 9 to Eldest son
1/3 rd of total=18/3=6 to middle son
1/9 of the total=18/9=2 to youngest son

So total shares = 9+6+2=17

3. Kashif Uddin Shamsi August 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM #

The answer is 9 to eldest, 6 to younger and 2 to youngest. The total will become 17

4. Kashif Uddin Shamsi August 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM #

Dear friends we must avoid such bull shit about Sahaba RA and Ahl e Bait RA. All are respectful and their levels are already described by Rasool Allaah SAWW and the following team He (SAWW) left. I must say that one sect must not try to impose their own thoughts upon the others and the most important upon the Rasool SAWW’s team’s combined decisions. No scholar is over and above Sahaba e Kiram RA. These bull shits were the reasons among Muslims who brought the Azab of Changaiz Khan upon them in history and in Syria and Iraq (now a days), If you people are ready to let your families be killed like those in Syria & Iraq (God forbid) go ahead with such non sense discussions other wise keep your opinions with you. Wish you all to become one Ummah.

5. Khawar January 31, 2014 at 5:30 PM #

I’ll give them an additional horse. Ask them to divide as per the inheritance and return my horse. Add another horse and you’ll see that one is left after distributing.

6. yadi January 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM #

Oke, if I am be a judge, I will give them one of my horse. So, they will have 18 horses. And then, the oldest will get an half of 18 equals 9 horses. The middle will get 1/3 of 18 equals 6. And the youngest will get 1/9 of 18 equals 2. So they will get 9 + 6 + 2 = 17 horses. Still a rest one horse, and that will be back to me, it’s mine!

7. shaikh omar September 14, 2013 at 6:41 PM #

what if they are 18, can u solve.

8. shaikh omar September 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM #

what if there are 18 horses? Can u divide and distribute all to three by giving 1/2, 1/3 and 1/9. ?

9. marwan September 7, 2013 at 8:59 PM #

The judge want to solve the problem ,by telling them iam adding one horse from my side and give the first one 9 and told him to go and the second one 6 and told him to go and the last one 2 and told him to go the total will be 17 , all of them was happy
then he retern back the horse which he add first.
he is anice judge

10. ADEGOKE WAHAB August 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM #

fantastically incredible, sara!!! you have come again

• Ali - Admin August 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

Thanks Wahab!

11. Farzana Osman August 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM #

Its a matter of solving for x mathematically:
1/2 x + 1/3x + 1/9x = 17
x is thus equal to 18
1/2x = 9
1/3x = 6
1/9x = 2

• sanae hanaoui September 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM #

yeah i agree with u this is what i did
too and it did work

12. sobia August 13, 2013 at 3:24 AM #

we should write Hazrat Ali (R.A) instead of writing Hazrat Ali (A.S). .

• Mirza August 14, 2013 at 2:00 AM #

I think for personalities like Imam Ali and the Prophet’s Ahle Bait, it is more respectful and befitting in saying (AS) which means my salaams to rather than (RA) which means may Allah be Raazi with.
On the other hand, for all other ordinary people, it is our duty that we pray for their maghfirat by saying RA so that Allah (SBT) may be Pleased with them. This is my personal belief and depending on each one’s respect and admiration for these holy people, all good intentions are acceptable to Allah (SBT).

• nabil August 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM #

Bro Mirza,

is Sayyedona Ali is better than Sayyedona Abu Bakr or Sayyedona Omar or Sayyedona Othman ?!!?!?!?!?!?!?

who says?
Prophet Mohammad ( PBUH ) never said such thing .

God bless all,
Nabil

• Faisal Akbar August 19, 2013 at 2:16 AM #

you are right. People do not understand. No use of telling them. they will never agree.

• Faisal Akbar August 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM #

correction: You are right “Sobia”*

13. Yousuf Kamal August 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM #

Yes. Hazmat Ali (A.S) solved the problem, which was regarding camels and not horses. This should have clearly been mentioned instead of writing “judge”.

• fathima August 13, 2013 at 4:27 PM #

incredible knowledge.thanks for letting user to know the facts..

• fathima August 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM #

incredible knowledge.thanks for letting reader to know the facts..

14. hazim August 12, 2013 at 5:47 PM #

In addition to my previous comment: (I did not mention at the time to focus only) and for a thorough understanding of the jurisprudence and the Sunna, because the story might lead to a false understanding of how to divide the inheritance ..I say: we need to know that these shares were not among the children (sons) of the dead man but to some other heirs the example met them 1/2 , 1/3, 1/9, since the allocations should be divided equally to the sons (males) who are the heirs whatever their ages were ..The inheritor has the right to recommend only one third of his estate and probably the 17 horses were one-third of his estate if in case of the three sons .. Allah Knows all, and Praise be to Allah and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and companions .. wa AsSalamu Aleikum and thank you. and the Sunna, because the story might lead to a false understanding of how to divide the inheritance ..I say: we need to know that these shares were not among the children (sons) of the dead man but to some other heirs the example met them 1/2 , 1/3, 1/9, since the allocations should be divided equally to the sons who arethe heirs whatever their ages were ..The inheritor has the right to recommend only one third of his estate and probably the 17 horses were one-third of his estate if in case of the three sons .. Allah Knows all, and Praise be to Allah and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and companions .. wa AsSalamu Aleikum and thank you.

• nabil August 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

Bro Hazim, good note . God bless !

15. ibraheem August 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM #

you can solve it by dividing the percentages on 18 horse means;
the eldest son have 18 * 1/2 = 9
and the middle one have 18 * 1/3 = 6
and the younger one have 18 * 1/9 = 2

and the total is 9+6+2 = 17

16. Mirza K August 11, 2013 at 11:57 PM #

There was never any doubt that this remarkable solution was provided by Hazrat Ali (AS). There are numerous other occasions where Imam Ali (AS) has astounded the people of those days and even today with such amazing solutions to often very difficult problems that it is easy to believe why The Holy Prophet (PBUH) called Ali (AS) the gate of knowledge snd himself The city. It’s sad that we still tend to knock on other doors when everything good can be obtained from this fountain of knowledge.

• Lakhani August 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM #

Yes!. It was Imam-ul-Muttaqeen (A.S) who solved this issue.

• Hersin August 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM #

not the city Our prophet said that he is the whole knowledge and Ali is the door of it. It indicates that our master Ali has a lot of knowledge.

• Mirza K August 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM #

Really. This is the first time I have heard this version. I always thought that the Prophet (PBUH) used the word Madinat-ul-Ilm for himself (where Madina means city) and the word used for Ali (AS) was Baab (which meant door/gate). Not that the exalted position of Muhammad (PBUH) will be lowered by my version but that’s how the tradition goes.

17. hazim August 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM #

Because 1/3 + 1/9 do not make 1/2 , i.e. the rest share for the middle & youngest sons, in fact they make 4/9 = 8/18 and that is not half (9/18) since the share of the eldest 1/2 makes 8.5/17. We can not divide a live horse into 2 while executing the will and giving each his share! So, although there will be no sharp punctuality but we are urged to do; the eldest will get little more by 1/2 a horse and both other brothers will get less by almost same (17/3 + 17/9 and that is 68/9 = 7.55555 horse which means 47/100 from the total legacy i.e. even less than a half). The actual unavoidable fault was in the father’s Will, because 1/3 and 1/9 are not a half as I started my analysis. Anyway the practical distribution was even fair to the two younger brothers when they got 8 horses instead of 7.55555.
A similar event (camels) was solved by sayyidana Ali bin Abi Talib (radhiya Allah 3anhu) who was a Master in such calculations, by inserting the 18th camel in trying to fulfill the issue.
Thanks to SARA in stimulating our minds with such interesting and useful tales.
Wa al7amdu li Allah Rabb al3alameen..

• Amer Al-Sharif August 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM #

Simply:
1/2 + 1/3 + 1/9 does not equal 1 but equals 0.95
0.95×18=17
And that’s it.

18. prakash h s August 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

Brilliant sense of mind as any family fights ends up with fatality

19. IMADALSHARIF August 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM #

WE HAVE TO KNOW , THE NUMBER OF HORSES HE HAD LEFT, …

20. sharif123 August 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM #

I heard Hazrath Omar (R.A)had solved this problem this way.

• Alireza August 11, 2013 at 3:25 PM #

This was solved by Imam Ali (A.S). The story was for camels not for horses

• Lakhani August 12, 2013 at 12:06 AM #

Yes!. It was Imam-ul-Muttaqeen (A.S) who solved this issue.