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Islamic Will – Leave a Legacy

Making a Will is something we put at the back of our minds because we don’t want to think about the inevitable. However, having an Islamic Will is essential for a Muslim living in a non-Muslim country to ensure that your wealth is distributed as prescribed in the Qur’an. Unnecessary family disputes can often be avoided if you make a Will.

What is an Islamic Will and the importance of it?

The Islamic will is called al-wasiyya. A Will is a transaction which comes into operation after the testator’s death. The Will is executed after payment of funeral expenses and any outstanding debts. The one who makes a will (wasiyya) is called a testator (al-musi). The one on whose behalf a Will is made is generally referred to as a legatee (al-musa lahu). Technically speaking the term ‘testatee’ is perhaps a more accurate translation of al-musa lahu.

The importance of having an Islamic Will is clear from the following hadith:

“It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequest not to let two nights pass without writing a Will about it.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari)

Apart from the religious obligation, it is also beneficial for you and gain ongoing reward of Sadaqah Jariyah that can benefit the community. If you’d like to discuss leaving a legacy to Aisha Masjid & Islamic Centre then please do get in touch with us.

1st Ethical Charitable Trust has produced some guidance to bring awareness to the community of the importance of having an Islamic Will.

Read more about preparing a Will and leaving a bequest to charity in the guide below.

(1st Ethical’s Islamic Will Guide)

(1st Ethical’s template form)