The Committee's view on the booklet titled 'This is My Legal Will'

Q: Attached to my letter is a copy of the booklet titled: "This is My Legal Will". People buy this booklet and believe that they have to follow its wording. Some of them buy copies of it and give them as gifts or distribute them for free in the centers of Qur'an memorization so that others may avail of them. We hope that Your Eminence clarifies the ruling on acting upon the exact instructions of this booklet, as well as distributing, and giving it as gifts. May Allah reward you (Part No. 16; Page No. 290) with the best.

A: Having read the concerned will, we did not detect any opposition to Shar` (Islamic law). However, wording it in a certain way that shows that its form should be followed by every one and distributing it amongst people give the false impression that it is Mustahab (desirable) for all people to use it. This is not true because the funeral rulings which are mentioned in the booklet in question are stated by books of jurisprudence that every body can refer to without any recommendation or distribution. The foregoing ascertains in this country where Muslims, all praise be to Allah Alone, follow the rulings of the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) regarding funerals. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.