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Question # : 14330


Assalamualaikum Brother A friends mom want to write a will and give away all her wealth to a cancer charity in canada.The whole family is muslim. She has three daughters aged 22, 20 and 7. My question is that can the mother give away all her wealth in charity after she dies or even while she is alive? If the mother has permission of her two adult daughters, can she give it away then, minus the share of the little sister? Would it be okay for a muslim lady to give everything to a charity in canada instead of helping people here in pakistan where she normally resides? Is it okay for Muslims to give charity to christian or any other organisations besides muslims'? If the mother does write this will and give away everything to this cancer charity in canada without consulting with her daughters, would she be held accountable on the day of judgement, i mean is that a sin? Also please keep in mind that her husband is well off too and the mom generally has a tendency to help the needy, so please let me know whats the best possible option for her knowing that she has always wanted to help the poor and the needy. Wasalaaam

Answer : 14330

Published on: Sep 3, 2009

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 1363/274=TL=1430)


While living, a person is the owner of his all properties, he can dispose it where he wants, but depriving the heirs of the properties is sternly warned in Islam. Therefore, he should not give all his properties in charity, rather only one third of it.

(2) If she lives mostly in Pakistan, she should help the people in Pakistan, it is not good to give it to some charitable organization in Canada.

(3) Instead of a Muslim organization, it is not good to contribute to any Christian or any other organization. Giving to Christian organizations is unlawful if they are involved in anti-Islamic activities.

(4) In case of writing a will, it will be implemented in one third of the wealth, the remaining two third will be divided among the heirs. In this case, mother will not be sinful, but she will be sinful if deprives the heirs and gives all the wealth to Cancer Charity.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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