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Islamic Wills USA

Islamic Wills USA specializes in estate planning seminars. We conduct seminars ranging from one hour to one day to teach your community about the benefits of secular and Islamic estate planning. Among other topics, we discuss the religious basis of estate planning, how secular estate planning works, practical considerations of Islamic Estate Planning, and simple steps you can take to avoid probate and estate administration expenses upon your passing.  The experts at Islamic Wills USA are licensed to practice law in Illinois and have provided legal and non-legal seminars on these topics across the country.

Potential topics for presentation include a combination of the following:

  • The basis for the Islamic laws of inheritance and Islamic estate planning (e.g., ayahs in the Quran, sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (S), and concepts of ijma and qiyas as they pertain to estate planning)
  • How the Islamic shares of inheritance are calculated, and the rules regarding who can be an heir or a beneficiary of a wasiyah
  • The basic components of secular estate planning, including Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorneys
  • The interplay between Islamic and secular estate planning
  • Choosing executors, guardians, trustees, and other important roles within your estate plan
  • Practical steps your community members can take to avoid probate court and save money on estate administration issues after death

How it Works

Ensuring a Sharia Compliant Islamic Will

Islamic Wills USA is not a form-filling, “do it yourself” estate planning website. We are an Islamic law consulting firm and provide practical considerations for your community to ensure their estate complies with Islamic law and benefits from the various secular estate planning mechanisms.

Estate Planning Lawyers Who Understand Your Obligations Under Islamic (Sharia) Law

Wills and estate plans provide secular and religious benefits to you and your family. For Muslims in the United States who seek to adhere to Islamic (Sharia) law, these legal documents are even more crucial. Creating an Islamic will ensures you are fulfilling your Islamic obligation. Islamic Wills USA helps you fulfill these critical religious duties.

  • Responsible distribution of assets
  • Fulfill your Islamic obligation
  • Custom-tailored solutions
  • Avoid probate court
  • Save on post-death administrative costs
  • Renowned resident scholars

We simplify the process of drafting your Sharia-compliant will. Get in touch today to learn more about Islamic estate planning.

Templates

Template Islamic Wills are abundant online. However, simply using a will template and inserting your heirs will not do your unique situation any justice. Every family’s circumstances are different and the benefits of drafting a will may not be realized without consultations with persons who understand the Islamic laws of inheritance and can apply them to your particular situation.  These templates also may not provide any secular benefits of estate planning (e.g., avoidance of probate). Our team of consultants and scholars can provide the tools you need to better understand estate planning rules and apply them to your particular situation.

Wasiyyah

After paying funeral expenses and debts, you may designate one-third of your estate to heirs of your choosing, provided it is not given to someone who will already receive a fixed share. This amount can be for friends, family, and charities that otherwise are not entitled to shares under the Islamic shares of inheritance.

Islamic Wills USA can help you distribute your wasiyyah in accordance with the Islamic inheritance laws.

Mirath (Al-Fara’id)

The Mirath (also known as the Al-Fara’id) refers to the two-thirds of your wealth that must go to the fixed Quranic heirs. This is the crux of the Islamic inheritance laws. The primary verses in the Quran pertaining to the Islamic Will provide a breakdown of the Mirath (see Surah Nisa’a verses 11-12 and 176).  Muslims who wish to abide by Sharia law must carefully review these verses and ensure their wealth passes to the Quranic heirs in proportions designated by Sharia law.

Islamic Wills USA will teach your community about the secular and religious components of estate planning. Email or call us today to schedule a seminar.

From what is left by parents and those nearest related-there is a share for men and a share for women – whether the property be large or small. A share made fardh (compulsory).

(Qur’an: Surah Al Nisa 4:7)

Islamic References

It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequest not to let two nights pass without writing a will about it.
(Sahih Al-Bukhari)
Learn the Science of Inheritance because it is from your religion, it is half of knowledge, and it is the first knowledge that would be removed from my nation.
(Al-Hakim)
A man may do good deeds for seventy years but if he acts unjustly when he leaves his last testament, the wickedness of his deed will be sealed upon him, and he will enter the Fire.
If, on the other hand, a man acts wickedly for seventy years but is just in his last will and testament, the goodness of his deed will be sealed upon him, and he will enter the Garden.
(Ahmed and Ibn Majah)

Islamic Trusts Versus Will

Many Muslim families prefer to create a trust over a will. This is encouraged because a trust allows for more flexibility in managing and distributing your assets and also avoids having to go to probate court, thereby saving your heirs time and money.

Think of a trust as a bucket. A person puts all of their belongings into that trust. During one’s life, they are the trustee of the trust and can manage those assets as appropriate. However, when they pass away, they appoint a new trustee to take over the bucket. The trust (i.e. the bucket) does not die and continues to manage the assets by the appointed trustee.  The trustee can also take the necessary steps to distribute the trust assets to the heirs in accordance with Islamic inheritance law.

Consider working with one of our trust experts at Islamic Wills USA. We can explore your options for managing and distributing your wealth in accordance with Sharia law.

Laws on Property

Shariah law has many intricacies regarding property distribution and staying in line with those rules means understanding the laws on property. Secular law has its own complications.

Estate planning is not something you should handle alone. It requires a comprehensive examination of a person’s assets, their family situation and other circumstances.

Islamic Wills USA consists of Sharia law experts who can help you draft an Islamic estate plan. Our experienced staff have the knowledge and capability to help you fulfill your Islamic obligation. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

Different Schools of Jurisprudence

Inheritance in the Quran lends itself to different schools of interpretation and jurisprudence. These essential guidelines allow people to write wills that divide and distribute assets in compliance with Shariah law and the different schools of jurisprudence.

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