Thursday, January 27, 2011
As the country grows increasingly multicultural, lawyers need to be aware of the laws and customs of various religious and cultural groups. In its January/February 2011 issue, “Probate & Property,” the magazine of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, has published, “Shariah-Compliant Wills: An Overview,” by attorney Omar Mohammedi.
The article provides a detailed description of Islamic law on the topic. The Qu’ran offers extensive specifics on how one should distribute an estate. When disputes arise, the author urges using Islamic arbitration panels, a method that allows U.S. courts to avoid making decisions on issues beyond their ken and perhaps in violation of the First Amendment’s religion clauses.