What is an Islamic Wassiyyah?
Al-waṣiyyah is an integral part of the Islamic law of inheritance. Giving a stipulated fraction out of a Muslim’s Legal estate/Islamic Will willingly to non-heirs while alive is an applauded […]
If all heirs are in full agreement to voluntarily distribute the estate in different shares than what is specified in the Quran, can they do that?
If the heirs agree voluntarily and without any compulsion amongst themselves to share the wealth equally amongst themselves, so that there will be no difference between males and females, this […]
Can one of the heirs give up their rights of inheritance to other deserving members?
It should be noted that inheritance becomes irrevocably part of a person’s property, but if a person wants to give it up after that to other heirs, there is nothing […]
If the estate gets distributed before or after death and the distribution was not according to the Islamic law as Allah specified in the Quran but mainly was distributed unfairly, what should be done with such distribution?
This transaction is not Islamically legitimate and this is considered favoring one child over another, which is not permitted in Islam.Those heirs who were favored over others should give back […]
Can a gift be given to a person who is not part of the heirs?
Gifts given during one’s final illness (The final illness is that in which it is thought most likely that the individual will die as a result of it ) come […]
Can a person distribute their estate before they die if there is a legitimate reason?
It is not recommended and it is better not to do that. Rather, a person should keep their wealth with them, then when they die it should be distributed among […]
What is a Wassiyyah?
A wassiyyah is not the same thing as a “last will” in the United States. The wassiyyah, in Islam, refers to a 1/3 (or less) bequest that a Muslim can […]
Do adopted children inherit as biological children?
Adopted children are not true children, and Allah SWT stated in the Qur’an that we call people by the names of their true fathers; therefore, parents cannot treat adopted children […]
Is disinheritance of beneficiaries allowed in Islam?
Allah has ordained inheritance in the Qur’an. Believing Muslims do not have the authority to disregard it; doing so would be an injustice.
Can Muslims inherit from non-Muslims?
The majority opinion adopted by all four imams states that a Muslim may not inherit from non-Muslims. However, some scholars – including Mu`adh ibn Jabal, Mu`ayyiah ibn Abi Sufiyan, Sa`id […]
Is this system of inheritance agreed upon among all Sunni schools of thought?
There is certainly agreement that Islamic inheritance is mandatory. Differences of opinion may matter in certain circumstances for a select minority; however, a clear majority of Sunni schools of thought […]
What is the religious source for the Islamic formula of distribution?
The distribution of shares is derived from the Qur’an, specifically verses 4:11-12 and 4:176, hadiths, companions’ understanding, interpretation, and application to cases during their time.