Muslim Wills

Can a Muslim make a Will?

Muslims are highly encouraged to write a Will, in order to avoid conflicts to the beneficiaries and to themselves. However, it must satisfy the following:

(a) That it should be witnessed by two male Muslims, who are not beneficiaries;
(b) The amount to be willed away should not be more than one third of his/her total assets; and
(c) The beneficiaries of the Will cannot be any of the heirs (who will get their share from Faraidh). The Will is considered valid until another Will is written to override the earlier Will.