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All About Islamic Wills and Charity Bequest

All About Islamic Wills and Charity Bequest

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 Qur’an as well as by the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) himself.
While the 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.

The Importance of Islamic Charity Bequest

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 about your children or empowering loved ones. Muslim Aid understands the importance of Islamic wills and, thus, has partners that can assist our readers and followers with any queries they might have regarding wills.

We mentioned charitable bequest earlier in the post. By making one, you are taking care not only 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.

What is a bequest?

A bequest, also known as Wasiyah, means that a Muslim can give up to a third of their wealth to someone who is not an inheritor of theirs. For example, this means they are able to donate up to a third of their wealth to charity after passing, which benefits the recipients but also the giver in their afterlife.

Your Wasiyah can be given to Muslim Aid, who can distribute your donation to those in need, including the fasting people during Ramadan. You can donate towards this here.

Equally, you can donate your Wasiyah to the Need is Greatest Appeal by Muslim Aid, where your donations will be used for food, shelter, clothing and medicine for those in need. By donating to this, the items you provide with your donation will act as Sadaqah Jariya for you, Insha.’

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 our Child Sponsorship Appeal. 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 Global Winter Appeal, which looks after the homeless and elderly by providing them with warm blankets and provisions for the winter season.

Your donations can help fund our Safe Water Appeal, providing parched communities with access to clean and hygienic drinking water.

You can make a will or bequest with the help of Muslim Aid. We have partners who are able to advise you and help you to carry this out,

Suffice it to say that writing a will and including a charitable bequest can go a long way. To learn more about this, visit our web pages for further information.

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