MOSQUES, CHARITIES & ISLAMIC WILLS
MAKING AN ISLAMIC WILL
At this time more than ever, making clear to your family members about your wishes, should anything happen to you, is all the more important.
This can include information about:
How you want burial and funeral rites dealt with;
Guardianship for your children;
Gifts you want to make;
Dealing with any specific asset/s and especially any debts: Shariah debts are to be paid immediately and ideally you should make your family aware of your debts and keep a record of their assets and liabilities so your family are aware what needs to be dealt with;
Any advice you may wish to give your family generally; and
Any charitable gifts you may wish to make as a legacy or ongoing Sadaqah Jarriyah.
There are different approaches to dealing with the interaction of achieving Shariah compliance and managing the tax, legal and practical implications for living in the UK. If you are unclear, we would recommend speaking to one (or more) of the advisers so you can ask what the different approaches and implications mean for your situation so you can decide the best way forward.
Where there is no Will, the Rules of Intestacy apply, which would not be in line with the Shariah principles of inheritance and may not be in accordance with your wishes (https://www.gov.uk/inherits-someone-dies-without-will).
Find out more about making an Islamic Will. Read more...
RE-OPENING OF MOSQUES: RESPONSIBILITIES OF MOSQUE TRUSTEES & WORSHIPPERS
Last Updated: 22 June 2020
As mosques are set to open from 4th July, Khaled Moyeed, Solicitor at Exons.Legal, set out what the legal obligations on the trustees and committee members are. Further, he provides practical guidance on what steps to take in order to ensure the safety of the congregation. Read more...
Mosques wishing to open up to worshippers may find our "Checklist for Worshipper/ Musallis" and the "Checklist for Trustees" helpful in understanding their rights and responsibilities. It may serve as a framework for risk assessment.
For signage for mosques, please visit cvd-19.co.uk which is a not-for-profit initiative with any profit going back to struggling mosques.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CHARITIES
Last Updated: 14 April 2020
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations estimates that charities stand to lose around £4bn in 12 weeks due to the Covid-19 crisis. With charity shops closed and fundraising events cancelled, it is feared that many charities may not survive this crisis. A survey by Institute of Fundraising has found that around half of charities expect to lose around half of their voluntary income during this crisis. Muslim charities, in particular will be particularly affected because Ramadan is around the corner and many of them carry out a significant proportion of their fundraising during this blessed month.
In this article, Khaled Moyed, solicitor at Exons.Legal, explores what charities may want to do and how trustees are expected to continue their legal obligations during this prolonged period when normal day to day activities are suspended. He also highlights what financial support is available from the government and other funders to support charities during this crisis. Read more...
SAFEGUARDING YOUR CHARITABLE DONATIONS
Last Updated: 15 April 2020
At a time of crisis, the public can be inundated with emotional appeals for donations. Choosing who to donate to can be a difficult decision. These appeals can be from charities or individuals. This Guide, written by Jahanghir Mohammed, CEO of Communica Consulting, provides useful tips for the public and charities to help safeguard charitable donations.