Non-Muslim authors' perspective on Islamic Inheritance law
Updated: Dec 15, 2022
Islamic inheritance law is widely studied by not only Muslims but also non-Muslims. Sir William Hay MacNaghten said the Islamic inheritance law is just and equitable. Almaric Rumsey mentioned that Islamic inheritance law embodied beauty, justice, fairness, and solvable. And Gustave le Bon wrote the law of Muslim inheritance is just and fair. These prominent authors studied Islamic inheritance law in-depth, and that's why they could discover beauty, symmetry, justice, and fairness. Not many Muslims know the Islamic succession law because there is a widespread myth that it is a complex subject. Wassiyyah Academy's mission is to help people discover the beauty of Islamic law, as many prominent non-Muslim authors have already pointed out. One of the challenges is if you do not have an Islamic estate plan (i.e., Islamic Wills or Trust), the estate distribution will not follow Islamic inheritance law, which will be outright non-compliance Islamically. Learning Islamic inheritance law would get you inspiration and love, and possibly, you would pursue creating a compliant estate plan. Let us review some of the quotes from prominent non-Muslim authors below.
Sir William Hay MacNaghten
SENIOR CIVIL SERVANT BRITISH RAJ
In these provisions we find ample attention paid to the interests of all those whom nature places in the first rank of our affections; and indeed it is difficult to conceive any system containing rules more strictly just and equitable.
BARRISTER-AT-LAW AND PROFESSOR OF INDIAN JURISPRUDENCE AT KING'S COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
The Mahommedan law of inheritance comprises, beyond question, the most refined and elaborate system of rules for the devolution of property that is known to the civilized world, and its beauty and symmetry are such that it is worthy to be studied, not only by lawyers with a view to its practical application, but for its own sake, and by those who have no other object in view than their intellectual culture and gratification.
Gustave Le Bon
WROTE IN HIS BOOK ARAB CIVILIZATION
The principles of inheritance which have been determined in the Holy Quran have a great deal of justice and fairness. The person who reads the Holy Quran can perceive these concepts of justice and fairness in terms of inheritance through the verses I quoted. I should also point out the great level of efficiency in terms of general laws and rules derived from these verses. I have compared British, French and Islamic Laws of inheritance and found that Islam grants the wives the right of inheritance, which our laws are lacking while Westerners consider them to be ill-treated by the Muslim men.
Sir William Jones
POET, LAWYER, JUDGE, JURIST, AND TRANSLATOR, A CENTRAL FIGURE IN DEVELOPING ENGLISH LAWS IN INDIA. READ MORE HERE
I am strongly disposed to believe that no possible question could occur on the Muhammadan Law of succession which might not be rapidly and correctly answered