Revocation of the will

Q: I would like to inform you that I bequeathed one third of my house which is located in Manfuhah in the city of Riyadh. I intended this bequest to be spent on offering Hajj and sacrifices. When I referred to the Real-Estate Development Fund they told me: "Free the house from the bequest so that we can give you a loan." Since the house is old, made of adobes, and improper for dwelling in, I hope from Allah, then from Your Eminence to issue your instructions so that my house is free from the concerned bequest bearing in mind that I, the testator, is still alive. It may also be worth mentioning that I did not intend an effective Waqf (endowment) by the deed of this bequest. Rather, I intended to apply the bequest after my death.

A: Revocation of the will is permissible because wills only take effect after the death of the testator. Accordingly, it is permissible for you to revoke your bequest regarding the house you mentioned above which is recorded in the attached deed no. 68 on 29/04/1399 A. H. And issued by His Eminence the Judge of (Part No. 16; Page No. 328) the court of Riyadh Shaykh 'Abdul-Rahman ibn Faris. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.