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Caution against oppressing in one’s bequests/wasiyyah

Question

Kindly provide the reference for this narration.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Sometimes a man and a woman live in the obedience of Allah for sixty years then before they die they cause such harm in their bequests that Jahannam becomes warranted for them” [i.e. They cause harm to the heirs by either bequeathing more than one third, or they choose to gift all of their wealth to one heir so as to deprive the other heirs etc.]

 

Answer

Imams Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2117, Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2859)

 

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has graded the Hadith sound (hasanun gharib).

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

Unfortunately, this is a common malady, even among some outwardly righteous people. One should always consult reliable ‘Alims before attempting any such deed.