Islamic Wills at Blakewater Solicitors
“It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequest not to let two nights pass without writing a Will about it” The Holy Prophet Mohammad, Peace & Blessings of God be upon Him, Sahih al-Bukhari”
The Quran and Hadiths place great emphasis on the distribution of a Muslims’ wealth in a predetermined manner upon death, with the aim of distributing wealth equitably, ensuring the rights of the vulnerable.
A sharia compliant will gives the testator an opportunity to help someone who is not entitled to inherit from him. The Will can be used to clarify the nature of joint accounts, those living in commensality, appointment of guardian for one’s children and so on.
Unless you make a valid Will, your estate will not be distributed in accordance with Sharia laws of inheritance and you will not be able to appoint a trustee (wassiya) to your estate and property.
These principles have endured for over 14 centuries, however, of late the ‘modern Muslim’ has somewhat neglected this important religious duty – falling foul of the misconception that the wealth that he has amassed in his life was his own doing and that he should have the sole right to distribute it how he wishes.
At Blakewater Solicitors we pride ourselves on our faith based services. Our expertise enables us to provide tailored advice to your individual situation, ensuring your Will is prepared in accordance with your faith, at the same time as providing the most appropriate solution to the various tax and asset protection issues that frequently arise.
We offer the following services
- Sharia inheritance permutations
- Guardianship rights
- Inheritance tax planning
- Joint and mixed property/asset ownership and the Islamic perspective
- Gifting and distributions during one’s life
- Protecting assets for beneficiaries
- Appointment of Executors and Trustees
- Funeral wishes
- Charitable gifting