We understand that thinking about the departure of a loved one or yourself going back to Allah (SWT) is a challenging, emotional time. What’s more, sorting out wills in accordance to Islamic rules of inheritance can also be a daunting task.

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In the Qur’an, Allah (SWT) says:

From what is left by parents and those nearest related, there is a share for men and a share for women whether small or large—a fixed share.” (Qur’an, 4:7)

Inheritance shares in a will is your opportunity to provide your loved ones with financial security. This can also include funding to cover funeral costs. Creating a will also offers the chance to donate to charity as a form of ongoing assistance (Sadaqah Jariyah).

What is inheritance in Islam?

Inheritance in Islam is property/funds (assets) transferred from a deceased family member to their loved ones.

Wasiyyah in Islam is the declaration a person makes whilst alive regarding their property and the arrangements according to Islamic law to be carried out after their death. This is akin to a “will” in British law.

Islamic inheritance law

In Islam, a will must be made by the person whist they are alive for the purposes of arranging their property/assets after their death. This is done for the benefit of others or for charitable purposes.

Whilst you can compile a will on your own, it is recommended that you consult a solicitor for legal advice. In order to create an Islamic will that is legal in the UK, you must meet the conditions of UK Inheritance law.

Please note that this service is provided by our partner, Islamic Finance Guru (IFG), who have qualified and registered solicitors. Any personal data supplied in using this service will be processed by IFG in accordance with their Privacy Policy.  Some personal data supplied in using this service will also be shared by IFG with us to help us effectively manage our legacy programme. Please see the Islamic Wills FAQs if you want to find out more.

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Page last reviewed: 07 March 2022

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