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Conditions of Wills


The testator must be a person who is qualified to make a donation, by being an adult of sound mind. There are, however, two exceptions: a young testator who makes a will regarding his own funeral and burial, as long as this is within what is reasonable, and a weak-minded person making a will for charitable purposes, such as teaching the Qur’an or building a hospital.

Types of wills


Obligatory: A will to ensure the repayment of debts and return things held in trust; Recommended: A will made in favor of relatives who are not heirs and for charitable purposes;  Reprehensible: A will made in favor of people who indulge in sin; Forbidden: A will created for a forbidden purpose, such as building a temple. A will is also forbidden if it amounts to harming any of one’s heirs. Permissible: A will made in favor of relatives and non-relatives who are well off. A will is deemed to have been made in one of three ways: a verbal statement, a written document, and a clear signal.



Wasiyyah i.e. a will, according to Islam means bequeathing ownership after one’s death in a voluntary way.

Learn Fiqh with Al-Hakeem | Wills and Inheritance


In this Lecture, Sh. Assim Al-Hakeem discusses and explains the Wills and Inheritance, and give a brief and basic outline of the importance of wills.

Wills and Inheritance


A will is an amount of inheritance to be distributed according to a sane testator desire and preferred not to exceed one third of the sum and to exclude the heirs, and to be distributed after paying all debts.