Is it permissible for my mother to use my father’s life insurance payout?

Q: Is it permissible for my mother to be using my father’s life insurance payout and keeping it? My father took out life insurance in 1987. He did not know it was haram. I think on the policy it says 60% equity and 40 % property. I am not sure how much my father payed […]

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Can I give my wealth to my children during my lifetime?

Q: Can I give my wealth to my children during my lifetime? I understand that when writing a will the Qurʾān tells us how our wealth should be distributed, e.g. 2/3 to the son and 1/3 to each of two daughters. But if I want to give my wealth to my children during my lifetime […]

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Is Zakat due on inheritance that is not received until a few years have passed?

Q: A man passes away leaving a wife and three children. The process of sorting out his estate takes 2-3 years in which time the family does not know exactly how much has been left behind and therefore they don’t know how much the are entitled to. Eventually the funds are received by the respective […]

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Is it permissible to write a conventional Will only?

Question: A family member wishes to make a conventional will only. They wish to gift their property to their wife and seven children, but, to be distributed in accordance with Shari’ah. Is this permissible?   الجوابحامداومصلياومسلماومنهالصدقوالصواب   A: There are set rules in Islam as to the rights and responsibilities that relate to the testators […]

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I wish for my shares and ISA’s to be passed directly to my wife after death. How do I incorporate this in to my will?

Q: I wish for my shares and ISA’s to be passed directly to my wife after death. How do I incorporate this in to my will? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: When an individual passes away there are two ways that, after meeting debts and expenses of the final rites, ownership of his residual […]

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What does one do If they can’t find a trustworthy executor for their wills?

Q: What does one do If they can’t find a trustworthy executor for their wills?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: One should seek to employ the services  of a competent solicitor who will undoubtedly be regulated by his/her professional body.

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Should one list items which they anticipate receiving but have not yet got ownership of in their will, under ‘assets’

Q: Should one list items which they anticipate receiving but have not yet got ownership of in their will, under ‘assets’? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: One may list them as potentially receivable assets but not as current assets.  Once ownership is secured, one may update one’s will.

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What is the Islamic stance on joint tenancy ownership of a property

Q: Are the joint tenancy laws of England (whereby one tenant inherits the other’s share directly on death) valid in Islamic law? What happens if I share a property with my mother- on her passing does her share come to me automatically or do my siblings then gain a share islamically?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما […]

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If a deceased revert leaves a non-Muslim wife and a small baby, is the baby considered Muslim and therefore does he/she inherit?

Q: If a deceased revert leaves a non-Muslim wife and a small baby, is the baby considered Muslim and therefore does he/she inherit?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If the deceased revert is survived by a non-Muslim wife and a minor child, the child will be considered Muslim and will inherit from the […]

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What happens to the wealth of a revert if they leave no Muslim inheritors?

Q: What happens to the wealth of a revert if they leave no Muslim inheritors?     الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: A revert who leaves no Muslim inheritors may bequeath up to one third of his/her residual estate to non-Muslim relatives and friends etc.  Under an Islamic system, the remaining two thirds […]

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If the wife was made the sole beneficiary of a will in exclusion of the children, and she received the entire estate – wrongly benefiting thereof for several years, is she now required to redistribute it according to Sharī’ah given that she has learnt of her error?

Q: If the wife was made the sole beneficiary of a will in exclusion of the children, and she received the entire estate – wrongly benefiting thereof for several years, is she now required to redistribute it according to Sharī’ah given that she has learnt of her error?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب […]

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Can one bequeath their house to a child or grandchild of theirs?

Q: Can one bequeath their house to a child or grandchild of theirs?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: The lady is entitled to bequeath up to one third of her estate.  However, she cannot bequeath to anyone who is already an heir.  As her daughter is an heir she cannot be the […]

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