What does the Qur’an say about wills? Does the Sunna mention wills?

Yes, the Qur’an and the Sunna both cover wills.

In the Qur’an, Allah directed Muslims to make a will: “It has been ordained upon you, when death is near one of you, leaving wealth behind, to make a will in favor of parents and close relatives, impartially. This is incumbent upon the pious” (2:180). Allah also says: “When death draws near one of you… it is time to make a bequest” (5:106).

God also explained that you must deduct any bequests and debts from your gross estate before distribution to Islamic heirs (Qur’an 4:11).

The Sunna has many traditions about wills. The collections of Hadith, including Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim and Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhāri, report that the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) 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.”

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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.

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