Faraid – Muslim Inheritance Law

When a person of the Muslim faith passes on, the administration of his or her estate is governed by Faraid, or the Muslim inheritance law.

The governing law is the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA), and the Syariah Court in Singapore manages the Muslim inheritance law.

In determining the applicable Islamic legal principles under AMLA, considerations include the school of thought (‘Madhab’) the deceased followed; and whether the deceased was a Malay.

Usually, spouse(s) and close family will get more portions of deceased’s estate and each male will get twice the portion of a female of the same relational level. The Syariah Court will also take into account if the deceased made a Wasiat or a will.

A Muslim deceased may leave a share of his/her estate to the BaitulMal (a fund managed by the MUIS). If a Muslim deceased departed without bequeathing any estate to anyone, the BaitulMal will inherit the whole estate.

More considerations arise where a Muslim has made civil law arrangements, such as wills and trusts, and where the Muslim was a convert, i.e. not Muslim at birth.

IRB Law has one of the largest Syariah law practices, with more than 10 lawyers and paralegals with expertise in this unique area of law. Our Syariah law practitioners are conversant in Malay, Tamil, Chinese and English.

Speak to our team today to get a full understanding of your rights and obligations.

Get in touch for an  initial consultation so we can better understand your situation and give you an idea of the options, process and potential fees involved.

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Abdul Aziz

Senior Partner - Head of Muslim Law Practice

Mr Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rashid holds a law degree from the National University of Singapore and heads a team of lawyers in the firm who handle both contentious and non-contentious Muslim law matters.

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Mohamed Baiross

Founding Partner

Baiross is the managing partner of IRB Law LLP. He is an experienced lawyer with an excellent reputation across a broad selection of practice areas including divorce, insolvency, crime, probate, syariah, and civil litigation.

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Nur Izyan

Senior Associate

Izyan is a senior associate of the firm. She advises on civil litigation, family law, Syariah law, estate law, criminal defence, insolvency and restructuring, debt recovery and employment matters.

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Norhakim Shah


Hakim graduated from the University of Liverpool with an LLB (Honours) in July 2010 and is a partner at I.R.B. Law LLP. His experience lies in the Muslim family law area.

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