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If you live in the UK, then having a Will is a must. As a Muslim, you must distribute your wealth after you die according to Islamic law.


Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,
“It is not permissible for any Muslim who has something to will to stay for two nights without having his last will and testament written and kept ready with him.” [Bukhari]

As a Muslim, you must distribute your wealth after you die according to the sharia (Islamic law). If you live in the UK, then having a Will is a must. This is because if you die without one, your assets will be distributed according to domestic law, not Islamic law.

You need to have a Will that complies with both English law and Islamic law in order for it to be both valid in the UK and in accordance with Islam. Dying without a will in the UK costs on average £9,700 in lost assets and expenses.

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10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO MAKE AN ISLAMIC WILL:

 

1. It is your religious duty. Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “It is not permissible for any Muslim who has something to will to stay for two nights without having his last will and testament written and kept ready with him.” [Bukhari].

2. You can save often hundreds of thousands of pounds in inheritance tax – the inheritance tax rate is 40% and applies to all assets you have over £325,000 (with some exceptions).

3. You can avoid major family disputes by creating a legally binding will that specifies how your estate should be distributed.

4. You can save your inheritors literally thousands in extra legal, court, and inheritance tax payments (£9,700 is the average cost of dying without a will according to mainstream will-writer Farewill).

5. You can save your inheritors and executors a lot of time, stress, hassle and worry by clearly laying out who is an executor, who is your children’s guardian, and who gets what. You might think that your wife or your husband is going to sort things out for you, but what if a family member starts disputing that after you’re gone? Clarity is always best.

6. You don’t want to leave something like the guardianship of your children to the family courts – who may decide in favour of someone you wouldn’t be happy with.

7. If you are not legally married to your spouse (for example, if you’ve only done a nikah), then writing a will ensures your spouse will actually inherit something. It will also ensure that your spouse gets a share of your family home – which she will not otherwise under the laws of intestacy.

8. If you have step-children, foster children, or other dependents who are not blood relations, they will not automatically inherit anything without a will.

9. It’s a useful exercise in itself for you to reflect properly on death. It also means you’re forced into action from an administrative point of view. How will your executor ever find that random bank account you opened where you’ve still got £200 in?

10. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, as a Muslim you can allocate up to one third of your estate towards a Sadaqah Jariyah (continuing charity) that will benefit you in the next life. Just as Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, “When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (a continuous charity), or knowledge from which benefit is gained, or a righteous child who prays for him.” [Muslim].

Muslim Charity has teamed up with IFG Wills to provide you with bespoke Islamic Wills – for free this month! 

Click Here to get your Free Islamic Will

If you want to learn more, then we highly recommend reading: The Definitive Guide to Islamic Wills in the UK [2021]or watch this informative video.

 

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