Q: I am
an old widow and I have a house in Abu Dhar Street where I live. I bequeathed one third of my estate and I would like to devote half of my house as Waqf (endowment) for seekers of knowledge of
Al-Masjid Al-Nabawy (the Prophet’s Mosque in Al-Madinah).
The rest of my estate remains for my one and only heir;
my nephew. Unfortunately, this nephew of mine cuts the ties of kinship with me. He neither visits nor writes to me. He comes to Al-Madinah but does not visit me whether I am healthy or when I am sick! He has been doing this for many years! What is your opinion, eminent shaykhs? (Part No. 16; Page No. 84)
It is permissible for you to devote all or part of your house to Waqf as long as you are healthy and of sound mind. It is important to mention that you can not withdraw the executed Waqf. Moreover, you are permitted to bequeath from your estate whatever you did not devote to Waqf provided that the portion is one third or less. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.