‘’From what is left by parents and those nearest related-there is a share for men and a share for women – whether the property be large or small. A share made fardh (compulsory).”
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(Qur’an: Surah Al Nisa 4:7).
“Allah (thus) directs you as regards your children’s inheritance: to the male, a portion equal to that of two females; if only daughters, two or more, their share is two thirds of the inheritance; If only one, her share is half” (Qur’an: Surah Nisa 4:11)
“It is not permissible for any Muslim who has anything to bequeath that s/he may pass even two nights without having his/her last will and testament written and kept ready with him/her” – (Hadith: Reported by Abdullah ibn Umar ® – Mishkat)
It becomes incumbent on any Muslim who has assets in his/her name to draw up a will so that the beneficiaries and/or heirs are clearly stated and leave no room for uncertainties, disputes, bitterness, and family breakdowns afterwards as is the case with so many families today. This is a duty not to be neglected because life and death has no guarantees. Life is short. Today we may be here. Tomorrow we may be gone. Imagine the distress that is caused to the widow, or children, or leaving a near and dear destitute by not clarifying your will and by not doing it according to Shari’ah requirements.
A will not done according to shari’ah requirements is haraam and its punishment is described by the following Qur’anic verse and hadith:
“Allah will cast him/her into the fire, forever will s/he dwell therein, and for him/her there will be a disgraceful punishment”. (Qur’an: Surah Al Nisa 4:14)
Nabi (S) said: “A man and woman makes ibadat of Allah Ta’ala for 60 years but when the time of death comes, they make a will that causes harm to the heirs. Therefore Jahannam becomes compulsory on them.” (narrated by Hadhrat Abu Hurairah ®)
Be sure to make your will strictly according to Islamic rules to save yourself from the wrath of Allah. If you have already executed a will that is not compliant, it is recommended that you execute a new shari’ah compliant will. Furthermore, if you are an heir to a will that was not executed according to shari’ah, and you are aware of it, it then becomes your duty to rectify the matter so as to give all the Qur’anic heirs their due share.
Because of the importance of Islamic Wills, Awqaf SA has appointed experts to assist you in drawing up your will according to Shari’ah requirements. Awqaf SA also provides an Islamic Wasiyyah service through appointed consultants, supervised by ulama.
“Distribution of your estate, no matter how small or big, according to Shari’ah rules is part of the redistributive justice system in Islam. Islam has a built-in mechanism to ensure redistribution of wealth and justice to heirs and beneficiaries. There is no better system. It creates happiness, peace, and harmony in families and society”
Awqaf SA is currently preparing a standard Islamic Will in conjunction with experienced Ulama, Lawyers, Accountants, and Tax Experts to give you the very best in an Islamic Will. Should you require a breakdown of the shares of your heirs, you may obtain that as a free service from Awqaf SA. Complete the attached form carefully. Note that Awqaf SA may not be held liable for any errors based on incorrect information.