Making a Will goes back thousands of centuries. It is an ancient tradition and custom; that has survived to this day. The correct distribution of wealth after one passes away is a very important topic; one that has frequently been addressed in Islam in the Holy Quran as well as by the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) himself.
While proper distribution of wealth among family members is important, a charitable bequest directing a specific amount or percentage of wealth to the poor and needy is even more paramount. It is not only a great humanitarian gesture; it is also a form of Sadaqah Jariya. This is something that all Muslims should strive hard to achieve. Sadaqah Jariya is good deeds and blessings that are rewarded to a Muslim even after his or her passing. For example, if a Muslim helps other people get back on their feet, and those people in turn do good humanitarian deeds, he or she will get the credit and blessings for it.
Islam teaches Muslims to leave behind something for the needy. It encourages people to open their hearts and come to the assistance of those in need. According to Sahih Al-Bukhari) the Holy Prophet (PBUH) himself once said:
‘It is a duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequeath not to let two nights pass without including it in his Will.’
A Will, therefore, is a legitimate document that outlines the distribution of your wealth. By writing a Will, you are paying off old debts so that no one comes enquiring to your children or empowering loved ones. Muslim Aid understands the importance of Islamic Wills and thus has partners that can assist our readers, fans and followers with any queries they might have regarding Wills.
We mentioned charitable bequest earlier in the post. By making one, you are not only taking care of your loved ones, but also of other Muslim brothers and sisters who are truly living in troubled times and could use all the help they can get.
How Your Charity Bequest Helps Muslim Aid
A charity bequest on your behalf can go a very long way. It enables Muslim Aid to fund vital programmes such as the Rainbow Family Child Sponsorship Programme. Your funds can provide a child with the gift of education; put a roof over their head and ensure they are fed and receive medical care. They can go on to become successful people. A contribution from a Will can go into other projects like the Warm Hearts Winter Campaign that looks after the homeless and elderly by providing them with warm blankets and provisions for the winter season. Your donations can help fund the Dig a Well project in Africa; providing parched communities with access to clean and hygienic drinking water.
Suffice to say that writing a Will and including a charity bequest can go a long way. To learn more about this, visit our webpages for further information.