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The Journey of a Lifetime

The annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is an obligation upon every adult Muslim who is physically able and financially capable to visit the sacred land of Mecca at least once in their lifetime. The Hajj is an exhilarating and grueling journey where millions of people from every country of the world gather to commemorate the sacrifices of Abraham and seek the mercy and forgiveness of their lord. The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is reported to have said, “An accepted Ḥajj has no reward other than Jannah.”

 

Preparing for the Journey

People spend years saving up and preparing for hajj. In addition to the financial, physical, and spiritual preparations for the journey which include researching which Hajj group to join, attending Hajj seminars and countless hours studying the manasik (rituals) of Hajj and creating detailed dua (supplication) lists for every step of the trip, a Haji (person going for Hajj) must also make sure that their family and affairs are taken care of before departing on this sacred journey. For individuals leaving young children behind, this process can be particularly daunting.

 

Creating an Islamic Estate Plan

The Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) ordered Muslims to create a shariah-compliant estate plan: Abdullah bin ‘Umar narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) said, “It is not permissible for any Muslim who has something to Will to stay for two nights without having his Will and Testament written and kept ready with him” (Sahih Al-Bukhari). Given the magnitude of the Hajj journey and the difficulties it entails, Muslim scholars have recommended that a person should ensure that their estate plan is in order before departing for the sacred pilgrimage.

You might be wondering, what exactly is an estate plan? Your estate is defined as everything you own— your car, home, bank accounts, investments, personal possessions, etc. At the most basic level, an “Estate Plan” is a plan that lays out what happens to your assets after you die. But a well-drafted estate plan does more than that. It also include provisions for the guardianship and personalized instructions for the care of your minor children and dependents, healthcare instructions in the event of your incapacity, transfer provisions for any businesses you might own, and does so while minimizing, to the greatest extent possible, all applicable taxes, court costs, and legal fees.

At Yaser Ali Law, we’re honored to assist Hujjaj around the country to create custom, attorney-drafted, shariah-compliant wills and trusts. If you’re preparing to embark on Hajj this year, call or email us today and receive a special 25% discount off of our standard fees. 

To learn more about our Islamic Estate Planning Services, email us at yali@yaseralilaw.com or call us at 480-442-4175.

 

TOPSHOTS Muslim pilgrims perform the final walk (Tawaf al-Wadaa) around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca on November 30, 2009. The annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage to Mecca wound up without the feared mass outbreak of swine flu, Saudi authorities said, reporting a total of five deaths and 73 proven cases. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)