September 25, 2018

The significance of Islamic Inheritance

Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Learn the Fara’id (laws of inheritance) and teach it, for it is half of knowledge and it is (easily) forgotten, and it is the first thing to be taken (away) from my nation.” Ibn Majah Collection.

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All praise is for Allah, Lord and Sustainer of one and all. We praise Him, seek His help and beg for His forgiveness. Indeed, Allah is the One who gives life, and He is the One who takes it, and to Him shall we return.

For Muslims, death comes with the need to carefully perform funeral rites for the deceased such as washing the body (ghusl), shrouding (kafn) and conducting the prayer for the dead (Salatul Janaza). However the same diligence is often not applied in distributing the deceased’s assets in accordance with what Allah has ordered. Most may not even know that the Qur’an contains a detailed set of rules about how assets should be distributed on one’s death. To follow such rules is compulsory on all Muslims and is not something we should be heedless about.

Given the importance of distributing assets according to what Allah has ordained, the writing of a proper Islamic Will without delay becomes of paramount importance, as none of us know when we will pass away. This is particularly true in Western Countries where there is the possibility of assets being distributed unislamically if one passes away without a valid Will.

You can ensure you and your family members are prepared for death by making an Islamic Will that reflects the rules of inheritance as communicated to man by Allah from above the Seven Heavens.