This case in which
the testator willed that a salve should be freed, the questioner has about two thousand riyals of the bequeathed money, and slavery is banned is similar to a question that has been asked to the deceased His Eminence Mufty Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibrahim (may Allah be merciful to him). The Committee has read the answer under Number 1/889 and dated 05/04/1389 A. H. And decided that it is sufficient for answering the current question. The following is the wording of the answer: You have to implement all that your grandfather willed out of the revenue of the mentioned property. However, because today you can not buy slaves and you do not expect that you will be able to do so in the future; the value of such slaves should be spent on similar charitable ways of disposition as are mentioned by scholars. It is worth mentioning that when Allah (Exalted be He) knows about the sincerity of his servant and their truthful intention to implement their duties, He rewards them for their intention even if they are not able to carry out the exact duties. Moreover, Allah compensates them with other available alternatives. He (Exalted be He) says:
But he has not attempted to pass on the path that is steep (i.e. the path which will lead to goodness and success).
And what will make you know the path that is steep?
(It is) freeing a neck (slave)
Or giving food in a day of hunger (famine),
To an orphan near of kin.
Or to a Miskîn (poor) cleaving to dust (out of misery).
(Part No. 16; Page No. 415) Allah (Exalted be He) thus joined giving food to an orphan near of kin and to the Miskin cleaving to dust with freeing a slave. This is an indication of the importance and great reward of such deeds. There are some other Ayahs (Qur'anic verses) and Hadiths to the same effect. Accordingly, you have to give the value of the slave as Sadaqah (voluntary charity) for the poorest amongst the kin of the testator amongst whom the orphans and the indebted have to be given priority. It is Haram (prohibited) to give of this Sadaqah to any non-deserving person. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.