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Understanding the Significance and Framework of Writing Wills in Islam

Writing a will, according to the Grand Mufti of Dubai, is not only highly encouraged in Islam, but it also becomes a duty in times of disagreement.

According to the Grand Mufti in Dubai, writing a will is not only highly recommended in Islam but becomes an obligation in cases of disputes within the family. 

The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (Iacad) has emphasized its importance, particularly when there are trust issues and liabilities to settle.

Guiding Principles:

Islamic law doesn’t prescribe a rigid formula for writing wills but emphasizes including crucial details to address pertinent family matters. 

Starting with Islamic praises and mentioning key testimonies, the will should outline the person’s desires, including moral and social advice for family and friends.

Sharia Law and Limitations:

Under Sharia law, the will cannot exceed one-third of the inheritance. Moreover, beneficiaries cannot be heirs; if a will designates more than a third, only that portion will be considered unless heirs consent to execute more.

Charitable Acts and Donations:

A will allows an individual to voluntarily donate money or property after death. It provides the freedom to specify beneficiaries, their shares, and the distribution of the will.

In case of disputes or denial of the will, Sharia law mandates legal proof to validate its authenticity before execution. 

The forum by Iacad aimed to delve into the latest developments related to wills under Sharia commandments, fostering the practice of will-writing and addressing related concerns.

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