When To Write A Will

Question

What is the best time to write a will, as death is uncertain? Is it permissible for the husband to bequeath all his wealth to his father? Can a will be executed during the lifetime of the person?


Answer

We have to understand a couple of things. He is free to give to his children as he desires during his lifetime. A will cannot be used for that purpose. During our lives, this has been left to our discretion whilst observing justice. We give our children something everyday sometimes their tuition fees, sometimes for matrimony.

The laws of inheritance apply after death. We have been allowed only a third of the assets to be bequeathed to those outside the family, so as not to deny our relations their due. Furthermore Allah has ordained the shares of our relatives. They will receive them whatever the will. However an extra potion may be given to a child in view of their needs or in recognition of their services.

This question was answered by Mr Ghamidi in Deen-o-Danish, an online TV session hosted by Dr Muneer Ahmad aired on Dunay TV. The text has been rendered into English by Mr Dhu al-Nurain.

About the Author

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi


Javed Ahmad Ghamidi was born in 1951 in a village of Sahiwal, a district of the Punjab province. After matriculating from a local school, he came to Lahore in 1967 where he is settled eversince. He did his BA honours (part I) in English Literature and Philosophy from the Government College, Lahore in 1972 and studied Islamic disciplines in the traditional manner from various teachers and scholars throughout his early years. In 1973, he came under the tutelage of Amin Ahsan Islahi (d. 1997) (http://www.amin-ahsan-islahi.com), who was destined to who have a deep impact on him. He was also associated with the famous scholar and revivalist Abu al-A‘la Mawdudi (d. 1979) for several years. He taught Islamic studies at the Civil Services Academy for more than a decade from 1979 to 1991.

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