How is an Islamic will different from a secular will?

An Islamic will covers everything that a secular will covers, including:

 Appointing an executor to distribute your estate and manage your affairs after death;

 Appointing a guardian to care for your children and manage their inheritance until adulthood;

 Leaving money and/or property from your estate to other relatives or to charitable organizations;

 Specifying any debts to be paid at your death. However, unlike a secular will, an Islamic will also includes Sharī‘a-complaint solutions to managing your estate after death, including:

 Dividing your assets according to Sharī‘a inheritance rules;

 Telling the world that you have selected your burial rites according to Islam;

 Outlining your autopsy wishes that are permissible under the Sharī‘a;

 Specifying moral and religious obligations to be paid at your death; and

 Providing permissible, recommended, and obligatory bequests up to one-third of the estate in aggregate.

If you want your estate to be divided according to Sharī‘a inheritance rules, use our ISLAMIC WILL software to prepare your own customized Islamic estate plan that is legally valid for your state.

I do not have any Islamic heirs. Can I leave my estate to a friend or non-Islamic heir family member?

If you do not have any surviving Islamic heirs, many Muslim scholars in the United States have advised that leaving a bequest to a Muslim charity and leaving the balance of your estate to a non-Islamic heir family member or friend would be acceptable under these circumstances.

You can make your Islamic estate plan using our ISLAMIC WILL software and leave a bequest to your favorite Islamic charity, and because you do not have any surviving Islamic heirs, you are free to leave the balance of your estate to the beneficiary of your choice.

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