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Leaving a Legacy of Faith: An Islamic Will for Muslims

17 Mar 2023, 04:16 GMT+10

As Muslims, we understand the importance of planning for the future and leaving a legacy that will continue to benefit us and our loved ones even after we pass away. One of the most effective ways to do this is through the use of an Islamic will, also known as which outlines how our assets and property will be distributed according to Islamic laws.

In Islam, inheritance is an important aspect of leaving a legacy of faith. The Quran and the Sunnah provide clear guidelines on how assets and property should be distributed among family members, with specific shares assigned to each relative based on their relationship to the deceased. By following these guidelines and ensuring that our wills are in line with Islamic laws, we can leave a lasting legacy that not only benefits our loved ones but also earns us rewards and blessings from Allah (SWT).

Here are some key elements to consider when creating an Islamic will:

  1. Identifying your assets: Before drafting your will, it's important to take inventory of your assets and property to determine their value and how you want them to be distributed. This can include everything from real estate and investments to personal belongings and sentimental items.

  2. Naming an executor: Your will should name an executor who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes after your passing. This should be someone you trust and who is familiar with Islamic laws and practices.

  3. Designating heirs: According to Islamic laws, certain relatives are entitled to specific shares of your assets, including your spouse, children, parents, and siblings. Your will should outline how these shares will be distributed among your heirs.

  4. Leaving charitable bequests: In addition to providing for your loved ones, an Islamic will also include charitable bequests to support causes that are important to you. This can include donations to mosques, schools, or other Islamic organizations.

  5. Including final wishes: Your Islamic will can also include any final wishes or requests you have after your passing, such as how you want to be buried or any specific religious rituals you want to be performed.

By creating an Islamic will, we can ensure that our assets are distributed according to Islamic laws and that our loved ones are provided for in the way that Allah (SWT) intended. This not only allows us to leave a lasting legacy of faith but also provides peace of mind knowing that our affairs are in order and our wishes will be carried out as we intended. May Allah (SWT) guide us all in creating a will that reflects our love for Him and our desire to leave a legacy of faith.

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