The importance of the Islamic Will
“Every soul shall taste death”
Qur’an, Surah Al-Imran (3:185)
LAST WILL & TESTAMENT
The importance of the Islamic Will (Wasiyya) is clear from the following two hadith:
“It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequest not to let two nights pass without writing a Will about it.”
“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.”
(Ahmad and Ibn Majah)
The Will gives the Testator an opportunity to help someone (e.g. a relative need such as an orphaned grandchild or a christian widow) who is not entitled to inherit from him.
The Will can be used to clarify the nature of joint accounts, those living in commensality, appointment of Guardian for one’s children and so on. In countries where the intestate succession law is different from Islamic law it becomes absolutely necessary to write a Will.