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.

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.

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