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Q: A Lady passes away she leaves behind four children two sons and two daughters and a husband, after she passes away it is realised that she has some money in the bank,so after her demise the husband states that during her lifetime she told one person that if she passes away her husband should use the money for haj, I would like to know is one persons statement sufficient to prove that that she really said this and two what is the manner of fulfilling the bequest of the deceased according to shariah?

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A: The extra money will form part of the estate and will have to be distributed among the heirs according to the prescribed laws of inheritance. Making a bequest for an heir is impermissible and invalid in Islam.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

ويروى عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” لا وصية لوارث إلا أن يشاء الورثة ” منقطع هذا لفظ المصابيح . وفي رواية الدارقطني : قال : ” لا تجوز وصية لوارث إلا أن يشاء الورثة ” (مشكاة رقم 3074)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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