Authentic Hadiths on Wills

Most Muslims out there believe in the misconception that Muslims are not permitted to create their own wills according to Islamic law. Most hold the belief that Islam already has a pre-set order on how to distribute one’s wealth when one dies. The following collection of hadiths will clear that misconception as well as teach you a lot more about wills.

As narrated by Aisha, “The Messenger of Allah (saw) did not leave behind a Dinar nor a Dirham, nor a sheep, nor a camel, and he did not make a will concerning anything.”

As narrated by Malik bin Mighwal, “Talhah bin Musarrif said: “I said to Abdullah bin Abu Awfa: ‘Did the Messenger of Allah (saw) make a will concerning anything?’ He said: ‘No.’ I said: ‘How come he told the Muslims to make wills?’ He said: ‘He enjoined (them to adhere to) the book of Allah (swt).” Malik said: “Talhah bin Musarrif said: ‘Huzail bin Shurahbil said: “Abu Bakr was granted leadership according to the will of Allah’s Messenger (saw)?” (Rather) Abu Bakr wished that he found a covenant (in that regard) from Allah’s Messenger (saw), so he could fetter his nose with a (camel’s) nose ring.”

As narrated by Ibn Umar, “The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “The Muslim man has no right to spend two nights, if he has something for which a will should be made, without having a written will with him.”

As narrated by Anas bin Malik, “The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “The one who is deprived is the one who is deprived of a will.”

As narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah, “The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Whoever dies leaving a will, he dies on the right path and Sunnah, and he dies with piety and witness, and he dies forgiven.”

As narrated by Ibn Umar, “The Prophet (saw) said: “The Muslim man has no right to spend two nights, if he has something for which a will should be made, without having a written will with him.”

As narrated by Anas bin Malik, “What the Messenger of Allah (saw) most enjoined when he was dying and breathing his last was: The prayer; and those whom your right hands possess.”

As narrated by Ali bin Abu Talib, “The last words of the Prophet (saw) were: The prayer; and those whom your right hands possess.”

As narrated by Anas bin Malik, “The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Whoever tries to avoid giving the inheritance to his heirs, Allah (swt) will deprive him of his inheritance in Paradise on the Day of Resurrection.”

As narrated by Abu Hurairah, “The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “A man may do the deeds of the people of goodness for seventy years, then when he makes his will, he is unjust in his will, so he ends (his life) with evil deeds and enters Hell. And a man may do the people of evil for seventy years, then he is just in his will, so he ends (his life) with good deeds and enters Paradise.”Abu Hurairah said: “Recite, if you wish: “These are the limits (set by) Allah (swt) up to His saying: ‘a disgraceful torment'”

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