Past Debts, Preparation of Will and Funeral
Ustadh Farid Dingle is asked about paying past debts, how to prepare one’s will including instructions for one’s funeral and what must be done.
Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.
1. In the past I wronged my employer, I recently explained to him what I did and offered to pay him back what I owed him, he forgave me and refused to take the money. I have other debts I must pay off like zakat of previous years etc., can I use the money he refused to pay of those debts?
2. I have many years of prayers and fasts to repay, in case I pass away before completing this I want to write in my will the total for every missed prayer and fast and instruct my family to pay this amount to charity – is the correct and valid?
3. What is the sunna for the passing of someone? Where I live when someone passes the person is prayed over then buried then the funeral will last for 3 days, the relatives must wear black and the 40th day after the passing of the deceased is a highlighted day in my culture the family will either do a mawlid on this day or something like this. If none of this is Islamic I would prefer to not have any of it done and I will instruct this in my will.
4. Also, I was told that if you go to someone’s funeral and hit yourself out of grief the deceased will be punished, is this true? If it is I will also instruct in my will for nobody to do this when I pass away.
Jazak Allah khayran.
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.
2. Yes. Please also see What Can We Do about Missed Prayers of a Deceased?
3. You should just write in your will that you want everything to be done by the Sunna. Please see What You Need to Know About the Fiqh of Burial, by Imam Tahir Anwar.
Regarding the forty day event, please see Is It Permissible to Complete the Qur’an Forty Days After Someone’s Death?
As for the relatives wearing black, it is permissible, but only for three days, but better not to be done. (Ibn Abidin)
4. That is true.
The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Whoever slaps their face, tears their clothes, or cries out [with over exaggerated claim] of the pre-Islamic era is not of us.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
I pray this helps.
Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.