Authorising a trusted Muslim in advance to handle affairs when it is neccessary
Arguably more important than a Will, (which dictates what happens when somebody dies) is a power of attorney, which helps a person to pass on decision making for their affairs to a third party during a time in their life when they’re unable to.
A power-of-attorney is a written legal document which passes authority for a person's affairs to another person or persons. The most common types of powers of attorney are the following:
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None of us know whether there will be a time in our lives when we’re unable to make a decision for ourselves or that we might want help to make decisions. A power of attorney gives a person that option and the power to decide in advance. It’s acts as a permissible form of insurance for the "just in case". The consequences of not having a power of attorney could be disastrous as this could involve a secular court deciding religious matters. Amongst others, some of the most important reasons for having a powers of attorney are as follows:
And do not give the weak-minded your property, which Allah has made a means of sustenance for you, but provide for them with it and clothe them and speak to them words of appropriate kindness