Q: In the Will of a deceased, liabilities reflected include various amounts described as:

Unpaid Zakaat

Unkept Fasts

Unperformed Salaat

Unfulfilled Kaffarah

Undischarged Mannat

How should the aforegoing items be dealt with in preparing the Liquidation and Distribution Account?.  Are such (religious) liabilities to be deemed
ordinary claims against the estate and paid over in full or as a Wasiyat/bequests and limited to only 1/3rd of the net value of the estate. And to whom should such liabilities be given and so discharge the deceased’s religious obligations. And, forgive my ignorance, but what does “Kaffarah: and “Mannat” mean?


A: It will be discharged from one third of the estate.

Unfulfilled Kaffarah refers to one not making up for any broken oath that one had taken, or the fast or Ramadhaan that was broken intentionally without a valid excuse.

Mannat refers to a nazar that was made and not fulfilled.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)