Form and Manner of a Valid Will

Question: What is form and manner of creating a valid will?


There is not form and manner prescribed under sharia law, it could be verbal or written as long as intention can be ascertained. However characteristic of a valid will mostly include:

a)      Substantial characteristics of a will;

b)      Shall be operative after the death of the testator and can be amended reversed or changed during the life of the testator;

c)       A will shall only be valid if it bequests property in existence. On extinction of property the will becomes null;

d)      A Muslim will in writing need not be signed and if signed need not be attested.