Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to prepare a Declaration of Faith?
A declaration of faith is a document where you declare certain true facts, in particular:
That there is nothing worthy of worship but the one, the merciful, the almighty Allah. That He is the one God and has no partner. That the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessing be upon him) was the true and last messenger of all prophets before Him. That paradise is true, and hell is true. That the day of judgement is true and shall come, and where Allah shall resurrect the dead.
What is an Islamic Will?
What is the purpose of an Islamic Will?
It will also state who you have appointed to deal with the administration of your estate (Your Executors) and ensures that your Executors have all the necessary powers they need to deal with the administration of your estate in accordance with Islamic law.
Who can make an Islamic Will?
An Islamic Will is not just for the elderly. It is also important for anyone who has children as you can then deal with who is to act as guardian of your minor children, should you die whilst they are below the age of 18. This will also prevent conflict amongst the family as to who is to act as guardian(s).
Why should I make an Islamic Will?
As a Muslim, you should make an Islamic Will to clearly state that you wish your estate to be distributed in accordance with Islamic (Shariah) law.
Making an Islamic Will does not attract the inevitable, it merely ensures that you have your affairs in order and avoids loved ones having to face unnecessary legal and financial difficulties at a very difficult time.
What is the difference between an Islamic Will and a Standard Will?
Who will be my Executors and what do they do?
Choose your Executor(s) carefully as this can determine how quickly and efficiently the administration of your estate is progressed.
You should also consider appointing Professional Executors to deal with the administration and distribution of your estate and especially where you have more complex family or financial circumstances. Examples of such circumstances include where you have children from previous marriages, potential contentious issues, if you have a business, numerous investment properties, and/or overseas assets.
Appointing Guardian(s) for my Children
When can I amend or revoke my Islamic Will?
Upon divorce, a Will is altered insofar as any gift to a former spouse is rendered invalid.
Upon marriage (unless made in contemplation of the event), a Will is revoked.
When a new Will is written the old Will should be destroyed to avoid any confusion at a later date.
What happens if I do not make an Islamic Will?
If you have not made a valid Will then the law also sets out who is allowed to administer your estate, and possibly not the personal representatives which you would have appointed.
If potential beneficiaries cannot be found then your estate will go to the Crown!
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