“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
Sahih al-Bukhari

The Importance of a Shariah Will

The importance of the Shariah Will (wasiyya) is clear from a number of hadith, such as that quoted above. Observance with the Shariah laws of inheritance carries the potential of great blessing and mercy from our Creator, as mentioned in Surah An-Nisa.

The Shariah 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 Will, your estate will not be distributed in accordance with Shariah laws of inheritance and you will not be able to make a wasiyya.

Leading Experts

As the leading provider of Shariah Wills in the UK, we have a proven track record as specialists in this field. Uniquely, we have extensive knowledge of both the provisions of Shariah law and the requirements under English law. This is because our team have studied under and consulted extensively with Muslim scholars in this field; at the same time we have STEP qualified members, STEP being the leading body and qualification for specialists in the preparation of Wills and associated work. Our Haroon Rashid is a qualified lawyer and perhaps the leading professional in the country specialising in the field of Shariah Wills, having delivered numerous lectures on the subject to lay and professional audiences, and to ulema, and regularly appears in the media as an expert on Shariah Wills.

This dual 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.

A few of the common issues that we are able to provide clear advice and planning for include:

  1. Shariah 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.

 Next Steps

To arrange a free consultation to discuss the preparation of your Shariah Will, either call us or complete and return the Islamic Wills Questionnaire in the download panel to the right. For more information on the importance of preparing your Shariah Will you can also download our factsheet.