Leaving a Gift in your Islamic Will

Leaving a Will is an essential religious duty for those living in a country where Islamic Shari’a is not recognized. Making a Will is the best way of ensuring your family and loved ones are cared for in the event of your death in the way that you would wish. But this isn’t the only benefit – a Will gives you the opportunity to remember charitable causes you most care about.

Leaving a legacy to International Waqf Fund is one of the best ways to support our future work. Your gift no matter what its size will be invested in one of our many Waqf projects – ensuring that it can have a lasting impact on its beneficiaries.

The Prophet (PBUH) said: “It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequeath not to let two nights pass without writing a Will about it” Hadith Narrated by Al-Bukhari

Did you know? A man named Mukhariq bequeathed in his Will, seven orchards in Medina to be given to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). After Mukhariq’s death, the Prophet took hold of the orchards and made them a charitable Waqf for the poor and needy.

Leaving a Gift in your Islamic Will

Leaving a Will is an essential religious duty for those living in a country where Islamic Shari’a is not recognized. Making a Will is the best way of ensuring your family and loved ones are cared for in the event of your death in the way that you would wish. But this isn’t the only benefit – a Will gives you the opportunity to remember charitable causes you most care about.

Leaving a legacy to International Waqf Fund is one of the best ways to support our future work. Your gift no matter what its size will be invested in one of our many Waqf projects – ensuring that it can have a lasting impact on its beneficiaries.

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequeath not to let two nights pass without writing a Will about it” Hadith Narrated by Al-Bukhari

Did you know? A man named Mukhariq bequeathed in his Will, seven orchards in Medina to be given to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). After Mukhariq’s death, the Prophet took hold of the orchards and made them a charitable Waqf for the poor and needy.

Ways to leave a legacy

Residual Legacy

To leave a portion of your estate. After the payment of debts, funeral and other expenses, I give to International Waqf Fund (Registered Charity No: 1162805), a portion of (enter fraction) of my estate (free of all taxes) to be used for the purposes set by IWF. I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of IWF will be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Pecuniary Legacy

To leave a fixed sum of money. After the payment of debts, funeral and other expenses, I give to International Waqf Fund (Registered Charity No: 1162805), the sum of (enter amount) (free of all taxes) to be used for purposes the set by IWF. I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of IWF shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Specific Request

To leave a valuable gift. After the payment of debts, funeral and other expenses, I give to International Waqf Fund (Registered Charity No: 1162805 my (name gift) to be used for the purposes set by IWF. I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of IWF shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Residual Legacy

To leave a portion of your estate. After the payment of debts, funeral and other expenses, I give to International Waqf Fund (Registered Charity No: 1162805), a portion of (enter fraction) of my estate (free of all taxes) to be used for the purposes set by IWF. I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of IWF will be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Pecuniary Legacy

To leave a fixed sum of money. After the payment of debts, funeral and other expenses, I give to International Waqf Fund (Registered Charity No: 1162805), the sum of (enter amount) (free of all taxes) to be used for purposes the set by IWF. I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of IWF shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

Specific Request

To leave a valuable gift. After the payment of debts, funeral and other expenses, I give to International Waqf Fund (Registered Charity No: 1162805 my (name gift) to be used for the purposes set by IWF. I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer of IWF shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.”

A step by step guide to making an Islamic Will

It is a good idea to make a list of everything that you own. This is known as your ‘estate’ and includes your home and its contents, your car and your savings – less your debts, such as unpaid dowry (mahr) and Zakah.

It is possible to make your own Will. However, because it is a legal document, you are strongly recommended to seek professional advice.

Decide what to leave to whom after the payment of any taxes, debts, funeral and administration expenses, up to a maximum of one-third of your estate can be left to whomever you wish – this may include friends and family not entitled to inherit under Shari’a, as well as charities.

You will need to choose up to four people to carry out the wishes expressed in your Will.

If you have children under the age of 18 when you die.

Choose two trustworthy witnesses to the signing of your Will.

A step by step guide to making an Islamic Will

it is a good idea to make a list of everything that you own. This is known as your ‘estate’ and includes your home and its contents, your car and your savings – less your debts, such as unpaid dowry (mahr) and Zakah.

It is possible to make your own Will. However, because it is a legal document, you are strongly recommended to seek professional advice.

Decide what to leave to whom After the payment of any taxes, debts, and funeral and administration expenses, up to a maximum of one-third of your estate can be left to whomever you wish – this may include friends and family not entitled to inherit under Shari’a, as well as charities.

You will need to choose up to four people to carry out the wishes expressed in your Will.

If you may have children under the age of 18 when you die,

choose two trustworthy witnesses to the signing of your Will.

Once you have made your Will and it has been signed and witnessed, store it in a safe place or with your solicitor or a trustworthy relative or friend.

Make sure that your executor(s) are informed where the original Will is being kept and keep a photocopy for your own records.

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