The biggest difference when it comes to islamic wills and non-islamic wills is that the Qur’an and Sunnah dictate what a Muslim may or may not do with at least two thirds of their estate they die. However, in strict circumstances, those rules may be altered.
A legal document that is 〈preferably〉 written in accordance with the Qur’an and the Sunnah and that sets out instructions to your executors, in relation to your wealth following your death. This would usually include the following:
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In order to give legal effect to any islamic will in a secular democratic society 〈i.e. not one necessarily governed by Islamic law〉, an islamic will should be signed in the presence of two independent witnesses, but check with the local lawyer.
For Muslims living under secular legal systems, dying without an islamic will, could mean that the right people as set out in the Qur’an do not inherit your estate when you die. This very situation could potentially place your path to Paradise at risk. Furthermore, it could cause dispute amongst your beneficiaries who have misinterpreted your wishes during your lifetime.
It is prescribed for you, when death approaches any of you, if he leaves wealth, that he makes a bequest to parents and next of kin, according to reasonable manners. (This is) a duty upon Al-Muttaqoon (the pious)