Can a Waqf be contingent upon a condition being met in the future?​

Mufti Faraz Adam has spent almost a decade studying Islamic law. He completed his Islamic studies in the six-year Alimiyyah degree at Darul Uloom Leicester. He then went…Read More

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

A Waqf can be conditional and contingent upon a future event. Contemporary scholars permit a contingent and conditional Waqf. This is the position of the AAOIFI Shariah Standards which are adopted globally.

According to the Hanafi, Shafi’i and Hanbali schools, a Waqf must not be conditional. The only exception is making a Waqf conditional upon one’s death. In such a scenario, the Waqf will be executed from the 1/3 Wasiyyah portion. The Maliki school permits conditional and contingent Waqf. [Hashiyah ibn Abidin, al-Rawdah, Mughni al-Muhtaj, al-Mughi]

And Allah Alone Knows Best

Mufti Faraz Adam,

I Waqf Shariah Advisor