Do the beneficiaries need to be alive at the time of the Waqf?​

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.

According to the Hanafi and Maliki schools, it is permissible to stipulate non-existent beneficiaries as future beneficiaries of the Waqf. The scholars state that if an entire Waqf is stipulated for a non-existing beneficiary, then the Waqf will temporarily be allocated to the poor and needy until the beneficiary is born [Hashiyah Ibn Abidin]. This is also the view of the AAOIFI Sharia Standards.

And Allah Alone Knows Best

Mufti Faraz Adam,

I Waqf Shariah Advisor