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Why is it imporant to follow Faraidh for Muslims?

Islamic law comprises the Holy Quran (the main primary source), Sunnah (the saying of prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi wasallam), Ijma (the consensus of companions), and Qiyas (the analogical deductions through reasoning). The main inheritance verses include Holy Quran 4.1 (Equality of Men and Women), 4.4 (Marriage gift to women), 4.7 (Inheritance for parents and relatives), 4.11 (Inheritance for children and parents), 4.12 (Inheritance for Spouse and maternal siblings), 4.13 (Glad tidings to those who will obey), 4.14 (Warnings to those who disobey), and 4.176 (Inheritance for Siblings). So, five things are essential to reflect on in these verses:

  1. Holy Quran verse 4.13 is first, then 4.14. It means Allah (Subhanahu wa ta aala) directs you to follow, then gives a warning in the next verse, 4.14. You may have many reasons and excuses to back up your claim for not following estate planning duties (for example, you do not own much wealth, live in a Muslim minority country, etc.), but expectations are clear as pure water.

  2. It's not without reward, though. If you follow, you will have a great reward (in the world, it is good deeds and help to achieve najaat, i.e., salvation in the hereafter), and if you do not follow, you may face punishment. No one would prefer punishment for sure, but you need some work before you qualify to get away from the penalty. Day of judgment, salvation, and acceptance of our deeds are crucial for everyone on the earth without any doubt. 

  3. It is not just narration in the Holy Quran or Sunnah but an obligatory religious duty for every Muslim to follow. All narrations in Islam for Muslims are for a reason. Also, we need to look at the emphases put on. There is an incredible emphasis on the Inheritance verses that you can discover quickly without much thinking.

  4. Following Islamic inheritance is part of the Holy Quran, which indirectly indicates that this forms the Muslim's devotional and worship similar to other obligations. So, You are neither wasting money, time, or effort, but it will reap something good during life or hereafter.

  5. Apart from all the spiritual benefits, everyone must have an estate plan, regardless of religion, status, or profession. So, we should be grateful that our material benefits are giving us spiritual fruit that not many faiths on the earth have it. The urgency of having an estate plan is also in line with the government that never denies that you will not need an estate plan; instead, emphasize having it, and we must also be thankful.


What it is important to learn?

Due to the mass migration worldwide in last few centuries, the estate planning becomes more challenging due to the fact that Muslims own wealth in more than one country or jurisdiction. To manage the wealth well after death, it becomes utmost important that you plan well in advance, learn as much as you can and use resources available to optimize your estate plan. Estate planning is such a large topic that impacts not only you but also to widower (Husband) or widow (Wife), sons, daughters, father, and mother which are primary heirs under Islamic ruling. However, estate planning is highly underestimated by most people because it does not impact immediately (but after mental incapacity or death for sure). Everyone thinks we are too young for this even though unknown of the next moment. Learning is important because, it will help you to know about who gets what in inheritance. Also, you can utilize opportunity to make provisions of funeral or burial expenses, zakat, unperfomed hajj, prayer or fasting, taxes, any pending personal or commercial debts, and testamentary bequest. You can also optimize your estate plan using Hibah (i.e., Deed of Gift) and Endowments. So, there are many ways and means to improve your estate planning goal but key is, you need to act. Say, you are wealthy person but you do not think estate planning and succession planning an important, your estate distribution will not follow Shariah which is one of the main problem of many but your inheritors will suffer. Your inheritors will be on the mercy of legal documentations and without paper work, they will face delays in getting wealth and huge expenses. For those who are not so wealthy, still needs estate planning because every dollars left after death counts as an inheritance. Estate planning will allow you to appoint personal or corporate executors, trustees, and agents whom you will be assigning duties for probate processing and trust settlements. So, it's about doing your part then they can carry out work but in absence of documentations, noone could be able to do what you may have wished. Wassiyyah offers tools, resources, and courses that will prepare you as an individual or professional to better plan for your future.

What do include the Islamic inheritance course at Wassiyyah?

Muslim succession law (Al-Mirath) is part of Shariah which is strict when it comes to inheritance. The rigidity of law is due to it's nature to provide extra ordinary protections, security, balance, and justice. It forms the bases of Muslim estate planning (i.e., Islamic Wills, Trust, or Waqf) for disposition after death. So, it's a such an important topic from a spiritual, legal, social, moral, and educational perspective. After completing this course, you will no longer feel that "Islamic inheritance is complex or complicated topic"; instead, you will love and admire after discovering the magnificence of Islamic law. The Islamic Inheritance course includes learning of sources classifications, nasab (i.e., blood or kinship), nikah (i.e., marriage), wala (i.e., friendship bond), Asbah al Furuz or Faraidh (i.e., fixed or prescribed shares), and warith (i.e., heirs, beneficiary or sharers), Asabat or Asabah (i.e., residuary or residuaries), Dhawul Arham (i.e., distant kindred) category, Hajb (i.e., full or partial blocking or exclusion) rules, mathematical calculations for Radd (i.e., Return or Reversion) and Awal or Aul (i.e., increase) doctrine (or scenario) using LCM (Least Common Multiple) and algebraic expression computation methods, Miras distribution among Zabil furuz, a procedure of Munasakha, and more. Alternatively, you can learn through blogs, and articles.

What are the features of  the Islamic inheritance course offered at Wassiyyah?

Review some of the features below offered under Wassiyyah's Islamic succession course. After completing this course, you and your family members be able to know sources, recognize Islamic legal heirs, their inheritance shares, blocking rules, conditions, and able to calculate Inheritance share as per Islamic ruling in the light of sources and Madhab (i.e., Hanafi, Shafii, Maliki, Hanbali). 

  1. Interactive Video series with audio narrations in English is created professionally and presented and structured in the way that suits unversally. Non-English speakers do not need to worry because it has captions or subtitles in more than 100 world languages. You can access online digitally on our e-learning platform for allowing any individual to study their own pace. We provides self assessment or practice problems through video so that you can keep up the knowledge throughout your life. The course is web based and so, you will have access to most upto date course content and works seemless on any computer, or device.

  2. Your entire family can enjoy one license, and everyone can access it twenty-four hours and seven days a week. You will not have to worry about missing classes in school, university or an institute. Also, Wassiyyah offers an ultimate course that saves time without the hassle of booking events or preparing for sessions, or waiting for workshops to happen.

  3. Wassiyyah takes the authenticity, credibility and reliability of content very seriously. The course is designed to present the most common differences of opinions among Sunni Islamic jurisprudence including Hanafi, Shafii, Maliki, and Hanbali. To meet the compliance, Content principles and references are reviewed and certified by highly qualified Imam, Scholars, and Muftis (Doctorate/Ph.D.).

  4. Time is valuable for everyone in today's dynamic nature of our life. Wassiyyah team made the content short which is only less than four hours long. It's negligible time compare to other activities we do in a life.

  5. The course is suitable for anyone, student, teacher, educator, professional, lawyer, attorney, researcher, or any candidate. You can use this course to clarify misunderstandings theoretically in your ongoing learning endeavor. So, this course will help you master your skills allowing you to explore comprehensive contents.

  6. The course is created not just for learning but also to help you improve your estate planning goal. So, there is a material world necessity in addition to spiritual. Dying without an estate plan is one of the unfortunate situations one may face. This course will help you keep up to date with your knowledge of Islamic inheritance law, which is the root of Islamic estate planning. So, it's an incredible investment for the future.

  7. Premium members enjoy this course free, including part of their membership. As a member, you can create unlimited estate plans under lifetime membership. Estate plans purchase cost is excluded. Wassiyyah's course is offered at the lowest rate worldwide at US$10 the majority can afford. For example, If you have five members in your family, it will cost US$2 for life. You can get many more courses and see all features for your estate planning goal by joining the Wassiyyah family.

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