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Islamic Wills

We will help you understand the process involved in having your Islamic Will prepared and the legal elements that form part of it.

The importance of an Islamic Will

Death is an inevitable part of life but it is easy to push this to the back of your mind and let the task of writing a Will fall to the wayside. However, having an Islamic Will prepared with us is an easy and inexpensive process. Furthermore, from a Shariah prospective the correct distribution of ones assets is a compulsory obligation (Fard) on a Muslim.

If you die without a Will your estate will be distributed according to English intestacy law. These rules do not cater for your Islamic beliefs and principles of estate distribution making it very important that you have a Will written up which complies with both your Islamic obligations whilst also being legally valid under UK law.

Farani Taylor Solicitors are offering our Muslim Clients Wills that are compliant with Islamic Inheritance. This will ensure that your estate is divided according to Islamic Inheritance as well as complying with the requirements of UK law. Your peace of mind is of paramount importance and with the service that we offer you can rest assured that your material affairs will be in order after your passing.

By having a professionally drafted Will prepared, you will have the peace of mind that your assets will be distributed in accordance with Shariah. Your chosen executors will have the responsibility to act according to Islamic principles, in ensuring your assets are distributed correctly.

Shariah Considerations

Allah has made it the duty of all Muslims to have a Will prepared in order to dispose of their financial affairs following death. This is to ensure that their wealth is distributed fairly amongst family members and to avoid any conflicts.

The precise details of who inherits and how much they inherit is detailed in the Quran.

It is certainly a mercy to mankind that Allah has already decided how our assets should be distributed once we pass away. The main Shariah rules pertaining to the distribution of assets upon death are set out in Surah An-Nisa (Verses 7-14) and can be summarised as follows:

Outstanding Debts: All outstanding debts owed by the deceased should be repaid from the estate before distribution is made to the inheritors. If a person’s debts exceed the assets left by the deceased, it is recommended that the family repay the shortfall to avoid the situation where the deceased is held to account for these debts on the Day of Judgement. However this repayment of debts is not an obligation on the family.

Funeral Expenses: All funeral expenses should be paid from the assets of the deceased if the expenses are not voluntarily met by the family of the deceased.

Bequests: The person making the Will can bequest up to one third of their net assets (that remain after deducting debts and funeral expenses if applicable) to be left to recipient(s) that are not otherwise entitled to receive a share of assets under the Islamic Inheritance. Bequests cannot be made to persons such as spouses, siblings, children, and parents as they generally have their shares stipulated by the Islamic Inheritance. Many Muslims choose to make a bequest to a charity as a means of ensuring some good deeds continue to benefit them after death.

“A man may do good deeds for seventy years but if he acts unjustly when he leaves his last testament, the wickedness of his deed will be sealed upon him, and he will enter the Fire. If (on the other hand), a man acts wickedly for seventy years but is just in his last Will and testament, the goodness of his deed will be sealed upon him, and he will enter the Garden.”

– Ahmad and Ibn Majah –

Islamic Provisions

Your Islamic Will is likely to include some or all of the following provision relating to:

Fulfilling an important Islamic obligation;

Clearing your debts, paying the cost of the funeral costs and paying any legacy intensions to Charities;
Protecting your immediate family, no disputes, or arguments later;

Appointment of Guardians: If you have children under the age of 18 years old then you should have a guardianship clause written within your Will to ensure that your children do not end up with the wrong people or worse end up in care. These people should be capable of financially looking after your children, those who are likely to provide similar upbringing;

Benefiting extended family, orphans and the poor and needy. In your Islamic Will you can leave a third of your estate to whoever you wish and most importantly to a charity for Sadaqah Jariyah;
Providing guidance to your family;
Choosing your Executors and Trustees;
Funeral Wishes;
Inheritance Planning.

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