Fatwa: # 45481
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Date: 5th October 2020


Is a bequest valid if the deceased did not leave a will?


Is a bequest/bequeath valid even if the deceased left no will?

Is a will a pre requisite for the validity of a bequest/bequeath?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

A bequest is called Wasiyah. That is when a person gifts something to a person after his death. A bequest can be made only for a non-heir. A bequest cannot be made for an heir. Furthermore, a bequest is valid until 1/3 of the estate after burial expenses and paying debts.

A bequest is valid even if one did not leave a will. However, generally, a bequest is recorded in one's will.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Shakib Alam

Student - Darul Iftaa

Pennsylvania, USA

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



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