Islamic cleric cautions ‘Alkalis’ against kickbacks while sharing Muslim inheritance 

The Founder and Chairman of Ashraaf Islamic Foundation, Sharafudeen Aliagan,  over the weekend,  cautioned Alkalis or judges against taking kickbacks while sharing the inheritance of a dead Muslim.

He also called on Ulamas and Muslims across the country to strictly adhere to Allah’s law and teaching of the Holy Prophet concerning inheritance.

Aliagan made the call at the foundation’s 6th Annual Maulud Nnabiy Lecture series 2023 (1445AH) held in Abuja on Saturday.

The lecture, themed: “Inheritance: Dissecting a Sensitive but Critical Aspect of Human Life”, was organised by, the foundation.

Aliagan further explained that the issue of inheritance has disunited a lot of families and communities in nations, “just because some do not want to share it in the way of Allah, they will refuse.

“It is the right of a Muslim to share in the wealth of a late father, a wife, children, etc. So, no one should stop them from inheritance, because this kind of issue tears families apart. At the family level, we should not remain Muslims only by name, because if we fail to go by the laws of Allah in the Holy Qur’an, then we are not complete Muslims.

“My call to them is let’s adhere to the rules of Allah, Holy Qur’an, and the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Pbh). That makes you a complete Muslim, to have a total submission to the will of Allah. You cannot be a Muslim and accept only some aspects of Islam. To the Ulamas and Alkalis or judges, they have a lot to do. It is only when there is conflict in a family that it is referred to the judiciary.

“The Judges should be truthful. They should not take anything called kickback, because if they do, what happened to the late person will happen to them, even as a lawyer, judge, or whoever you are. Let us all fear Allah and understand the concept of Islam and inheritance as it affects human life”,  he said.

Aliagan said regardless of religion, age, and gender, inheritance affects all aspects of our lives, adding that people are invited to the lecture to dissect the significance of inheritance and what Allah and the Holy Qur’an prescribed on sharing.

According to him, this is necessary so that it does not bring any misunderstanding and chaos that will lead to hatred and war, stressing that the foundation will not want such chaos to continue.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of JAIZ Bank Plc, Alhaji Mohammed Bintube, said everyone regardless of religion and tribe is affected by inheritance.

“You know, whenever there is money, power, and influence involved, there is always infighting, intimidation, and insincerity. That is why this conference is important.

“The people that benefit from inheritance should know that it is a trust given to them by Allah. They should make sure it not only multiplies but goes around to help themselves, families, communities, relations, and the country.

“For people who have inheritance issues, they should be patient, secondly, they should refer it to scholars or go to Alternative Arbitration before going to the legal system, because the legal system is long and costly.

“And it also brings a lot of emotional disturbance. So, they have to be patient and submit to the laws of Allah. It is Allah that prescribed how inheritance should be distributed,” Bintube said.

On his part, a Christian Cleric, Fr. Stephen Ojaypa, from the Rev. Kukah Centre, said the same dynamic that happens in Christianity concerning inheritance is the same that happens in Islam, noting that it also exists among members of different tribes and social strata.