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Hand Over Ourselves

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Tuesday, 08 September 2015 14:52

The texture and the nature of the hands and feet are different from the eyes and the inner part of the ear. For instance, the eye will not tolerate a little dust particle to enter it, whereas the feet will walk comfortably over heaps of sand. Further, consider the hand. Its use is as far as it can stretch. It cannot reach beyond that and take hold of anything. The ear though can pick up sounds from a distance much further away. As for the eyes it can see and reach as far as the moon and the stars. These limbs have different levels of perception and strength. However, stronger than all of these is the mind. Within seconds it can travel the entire world without the body moving an inch. It can rule empires and it can invent the latest in technology. But despite of all this, the mind is controlled by the heart, and the heart is either going to be serving one Allah or else it will be the slave of the material world. Intelligence demands that we hand over ourselves to one Allah and the world will continue to serve us.

   

Inheritance – Part Four

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Monday, 24 August 2015 14:36

By: Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Patel Saheb (d.b)

Islamic Will

Another problem comes up when there is no Islamic will. According to the hadeeth, a person should not even spend two nights without his will having been drawn. An Islamic will is extremely important to avoid any dispute. Drawing a will is no difficult task. The Jamiatul ‘Ulama Natal has ready-made wills drawn. All one has to do is fill in the blanks and the will is complete. This will is also available at their offices.

This is just a very brief discussion of few aspects that affect the proper distribution of inheritance. There are many more details for which one should refer to the ‘Ulama. May Allah Ta‘ala enable us to have our matters 100 % according to the sharee‘ah.

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Inheritance – Part Three

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Saturday, 15 August 2015 16:02

By: Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Patel Saheb (d.b)

Marriage Contract

One common problem is the marriage contract. According to South African law, if the marriage was registered without a proper ante nuptial contract (which is the only contract that is compatible with Islamic law), it automatically becomes a marriage in community of property. This means that everything (including their personal belongings) is now jointly owned by the couple. Upon the death of either of them, half of the entire estate will go to the surviving spouse, even if in reality 90% belonged to the deceased. This is clearly contrary to the sharee‘ah. According to the sharee‘ah, the husband will be the exclusive owner of his items. The wife will own her belongings exclusively. Upon their death it will be distributed to their respective heirs as outlined in the sharee‘ah. 

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Inheritance – Part Two

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Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:47

By: Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Patel Saheb (d.b)

My Right

On many occasions it has happened that the deceased had drawn a will that was not according to the sharee‘ah. For example, he made a wasiyyat (bequest) that the business or a certain property should be given to one particular son. Such a bequest is not valid since it contradicts the hadeeth that “There is no wasiyyat for an heir.” Thus the simple thing to do is to totally ignore the un-Islamic bequest and distribute the estate strictly according to the sharee‘ah.

However, in many instances, perhaps innocently (due to not knowing the law), the person who stood to gain a few coppers more on the basis of the un-Islamic will counters: “But it is my right!” If he is denied this “right” he will be prepared to even go to the western courts to receive it. At this point it should be considered: “If a non-Muslim made a bequest for this very person that he should be given a million bottles of wine or one ton of pork, would he still claim ‘It is my right’ and consume it?” Demanding the haraam bequest is really no different. It is usurping the rights of others for which one will have to pay dearly in the Hereafter.

Nevertheless it is imperative that one has his financial affairs in order so that these problems are avoided upon one’s death. There are several aspects which require attention. 

(to be continued)

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Inheritance – Part One

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 16:01

By: Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Patel Saheb (d.b)

The potential for conflict in money matters is an open secret. If one’s financial matters are not absolutely clear, problems in most instances are bound to arise. These problems sometimes lead to serious conflicts which often result in split families and estranged friends. In many cases the problem remains dormant and does not surface ... until it is finally the time of distributing the inheritance. Then it suddenly explodes, bringing in its wake much misery and unhappiness.

Actually there should never be any serious problem. If the financial matters of the deceased were not absolutely in order, they can be sorted out. The root problem at this time is that the sharee‘ah is often totally cast aside. Suddenly the apparent piety also evaporates. Such statements are then heard which should never even cross a Muslim’s mind, let alone come onto his tongue. The un-Islamic laws of the land are then placed above the laws of Allah Ta‘ala. The severity of this situation should be understood well.

(to be continued)

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