What happens if the beneficiaries are no longer in existence?​

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.

If the Waqf beneficiaries are individuals who have all passed away, the Waqf proceeds should be distributed to the poor and needy. If the Waqf proceeds were designated for the maintenance of particular institutions or welfare projects which are no longer in service, then the Waqf proceeds should be distributed to a similar institution. For example, if someone had designated a hospital as a beneficiary of the Waqf and the hospital closed down after 10 years, the Waqf proceeds will be designated to another hospital. Similarly, if the Waqf was allocated for a particular Masjid which is no longer used, the proceeds will be allocated to another Masjid. (Tarteeb al-Sunuf)

And Allah Alone Knows Best

Mufti Faraz Adam,

I Waqf Shariah Advisor