“It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequest not to let two nights pass without writing a Will about it”
- Sahih al-Bukhari
The importance of the Islamic Will (Wasiyya) is clear from a number of hadith, such as that quoted above. Observance with the Islamic laws of inheritance carries the potential of great blessing and mercy from our Creator, as mentioned in Surah An-Nisa.
The Islamic laws of inheritance provide for a specific distribution as mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah and codified by scholars. However, unless you make a valid Islamic Will, your estate will not be distributed in accordance with Islamic laws of inheritance and you will not be able to leave a Wasiyya. The Wasiyya is the portion of up to a third of your estate which you can leave to anyone who does not automatically inherit under the Islamic laws of inheritance.
I Will Solicitors have established a proven track record in the field of Sharia-compliant Wills and we are the leading provider of Islamic Wills in the UK. Uniquely, we have extensive knowledge of both the provisions of Sharia law and the requirements under English law, as our team has studied under, and consulted extensively with, Muslim scholars in this field. In addition, we have members who are qualified with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the leading body and qualification for specialists in the preparation of Wills and associated work.
Our Director, Haroon Rashid, is a qualified lawyer and perhaps the UK’s leading professional specialising in the field of Islamic Wills, having delivered numerous lectures on the subject of Muslim Wills to lay and professional audiences. He regularly appears in the media as an expert on Islamic Wills.
This dual expertise enables us to provide tailored advice to your individual situation, ensuring that your Islamic Will is prepared in accordance with your faith, while at the same time providing the most appropriate solution to the various tax and asset protection issues which frequently arise.
We can provide clear advice and planning in relation to many common issues faced when writing a Will according to Islamic law, including:
1. Islamic inheritance permutations
2. Guardianship rights
3. Inheritance tax planning
4. Joint and mixed property/asset ownership and the Islamic perspective
5. Gifting and distributions during one’s life
6. Protecting assets for beneficiaries
7. Utilising the Wasiyya
8. Appointment of Executors and Trustees
9. Funeral wishes
10. Charitable gifting
To arrange a free consultation on how to make an Islamic Will, you can call us on 0121 603 0077; alternatively, you can complete and return the Islamic Wills Questionnaire in the download panel to the right. For more information on the importance of preparing your Islamic Will, you can also download our factsheet.