Even while death is a topic that many do not wish to discuss with their family and friends, it is also one that many do not wish to discuss with themselves. Death is inevitable; thus, we must prepare for it; Islam teaches us how to do so.
Creating a will is sufficient preparation for your departure and your family. Preparing an Islamic will helps you to rest easy knowing that your family and possessions will be cared for in accordance with Islamic standards and your specific wishes.
Our great Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told us, "It is the duty of a Muslim who has something which is to be given as a bequest not to have it for two nights without having his will written down regarding it." (Muslim)
The execution of a will is an obligation we Muslims must fulfill accordingly. However, you should only create a will if you have property and possessions that you intend to donate to family members, charity, or both.
An Islamic will is crucial because it addresses your entire legacy and your final wishes in accordance with your Islamic religious beliefs. This form of will differs from those available as regular documents. A valid Islamic will adheres to the law of the land while adhering to Islamic norms and obligations for inheritance.
Without an Islamic will, your assets, money, and possessions will be managed and dispersed in line with the domestic legal system, not Islamic teachings.
What is an Islamic Will?
Al-Wasiyya is the word for an Islamic will, which, according to several hadiths, is required for all Muslims with possessions. It is understood that executing an Islamic will offers the possibility of receiving enormous blessings and kindness from Allah (SWT).
A valid Islamic will is a legally enforceable document that outlines the individual's Sharia-compliant instructions regarding the person's assets and desires regarding what they chose to leave behind, as well as how it will be cared for and dispersed.
In contrast to other existing wills, an Islamic will specifies in advance who will inherit your assets. These instructions from Allah (SWT) are included in the opening verses of Surah an-Nisa (chapter 4) of the Holy Qur'an.
In Islam, there is room for flexibility since your heirs are predetermined. Individuals are empowered to change who inherits certain portions of their possessions under Islamic wills. In an Islamic will, there is a predetermined percentage for how much each beneficiary is permitted to inherit from you. This, however, can be altered.
It can be altered, for instance, by obtaining signed evidence that an eligible inheritor is transferring their share to another eligible inheritor. If the individual has a wife and the percentage assigned for her is troublesome owing to a personal circumstance, the individual may request additional provisions for his wife. You can accomplish this by obtaining formal permission to take another qualified inheritor's provision, as they may have a predetermined larger proportion; parents do. You may revise your will to reflect this modification only after receiving written permission.
In an Islamic will, the assets you leave behind must be utilized to cover burial costs, outstanding debts, and other ongoing obligations. After all prior responsibilities have been satisfied, your residual assets will be allocated to the proper heirs. Some persons stipulate in their wills that a portion of their wealth be left as a bequest (optional), typically donated to charity. Immediate family members, including the individual's spouse, parents, and children, are predetermined as the individual's heirs. In addition to inheriting property, you can also gift certain items to other family members. Gifts are typically offered to female family members.
One of the primary differences between an Islamic will and other wills is the bequests. This allows the individual to dispose of remaining assets and property as they see fit. To qualify as a bequest, the amount must fall within the maximum one-third range and not exceed that amount.
One-third of the individual's assets may be accepted from those not eligible to inherit the remaining two-thirds of the individual's possessions. This is a discretionary choice made at the individual's pleasure. Bequests may be given to anybody; nevertheless, most Muslims who choose to include a bequest give it to charity.
In Islam, charity is highly revered, and as Muslims, we think that such good deeds would aid us on our trip to the next world. If you include a bequest in your will, you must be precise about who or where it will go and how you want it to be handled.
How to Create an Islamic Will
There are two techniques for writing and executing an Islamic will; the first involves creating the will online with minimum assistance. The second approach is to consult with a certified specialist who can answer all of your questions and swiftly lead you through the process and Islamic criteria.
If you lean toward the second choice, Minawill can help and advise you through this procedure. We will be able to assist you with how to create an Islamic will most effectively.
Today, you can schedule a consultation with us to obtain expert guidance on creating an Islamic will.