A LIFETIME OF IBAADAH… ONLY TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR JAHANNAM!
Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:
“Certain men and women engage in the ‘ibâdah of Allah for sixty years. However, at the time of death they make a bequest(wasîyyah) that is contrary to the Sharî‘ ah and thereby become eligiblefor jahannam.”
Lesson: For example, some people are in the habit of saying the following at the time of death:
“A certain item of mine should be given to my grandson. Do not give it to my brother. The major portion of a certain item should be given
to a certain daughter, while the other daughter should receive the lesser amount.”
All this is harâm. The masâ’il related to bequests and inheritance should be found outfrom an ‘âlim and acted upon. Never act contrary to that which the Sharî ‘ah has prescribed.
Some important Masaa’il
1. Parents, spouses (either the wife or the
husband and children will always inherit from
the estate of the deceased.
2. It is not permissible for a person to bequeath
something to any of the three categories
of people stated above. For instance
one cannot say that “after my demise, my
wife must inherit the house”. or my certain
son must take the shop.
3. Yes, it is permissible for a person to give
something as a gift to his son, wife/husband
or parent during his lifetime. The gift will only
be valid if it is (a) unconditional (b) The person
receiving the gift takes immediate possession
and is at complete liberty to do
whatever he wishes to with the gift. An example
is when a man gives a house to the
wife. The wife has full rights over the house.
She is free to sell it the next day without her
husbands consent and keep the money for
herself since the house belonged to her.
4. Many a times, women feel shy to take their
share and simply gift their share to someone
without taking possession or even knowing
what their actual inheritance was. According
to Hadhrat Moulana Thanvi Rahmatullahi
alayh, such a “gift” is incorrect. The men
folk should insist that she take possession of
her share and keep it with her. After a few
months if she still wishes to give her share to
someone, than there is no harm in doing so.