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The Importance of a Will

It is prescribed when death approaches any of you if he leave any goods that he make a bequest to parents and next of kin according to reasonable usage; this is due from the Allah-fearing. [Qur'‚n 2:180]

Allah's Apostle 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." (Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar . Sahih Al-Bukhari: Hadith 4.1)

To facilitate the fulfillment of this command of Allah by Muslims in our community, the Connecticut Council of Masajid, Inc. has published a "Will Form." We encourage every Muslim to take the necessary time to obtain and complete this form. The "Common Law" practiced in this land does not allow Muslims to fulfill the requirements of distribution of inheritance according to the SharÓ'ah, unless there is a legal "will" left by the deceased. Various communities have also faced difficulties in burying the body according to Islamic rites, if there is no "Will" left by the deceased and the non-Muslim family resists participation of Muslims in the funeral (Janazah).

It is therefore, very important that every Muslim completes proper legal documents to ensure that their leftover wealth and their body is taken care of in a proper Islamic fashion, and also to avoid unnecessary difficulties to those who are left behind.

The form is available from Iqra also. If you need a copy, please send a self-addressed-stamped-envelope to the Iqra address.

DOWNLOAD HERE: Will Form [Adobe PDF File 40kb]


Last modified 08/12/05 09:25 AM - Iqra - ISSN #1062-2756