IPOH: The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah has urged Muslims to practise ‘hibah’ or bequeath their property in order to avoid disputes arising after their death.
He said hibah should be seen as a complementary method in property distribution as well as to facilitate the transfer of property.
“Hibah allows a Muslim to manage the division of property while he or she is still alive, which can prevent disputes among heirs after his or her death,” he said at the launch of the state-level Hibah Awareness Movement at the Banquet Hall of the Perak Darul Ridzuan Building here.
He said hibah awareness would be implemented throughout the state of Perak to meet five key goals, among them, to introduce and educate Muslims regarding hibah.
The movement aims to avoid or minimise problems related to inheritance after the death of property owners as well as to guide and encourage Muslims to practise hibah.
“I have instructed for hibah to be the theme of Friday sermons in all mosques in Perak next week. All heads of department, local authorities, statutory bodies and various agencies under the state government shall actively conduct briefing on hibah for staff as well as their family members,” he said.
He said the movement should also be supported by all mosques, suraus, training institutions as well as non-governmental and volunteer organisations.
“Information on hibah can also be disseminated by introducing educational and question-and-answer segments on ‘Perak FM’. Orang Besar Jajahan (chieftains) in collaboration with religious administrative officers in their respective areas should also be actively involved in the implementation of hibah,” he said.
The Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPk) and the State Islamic Religious Department should also play their role in providing advisory services on hibah at the state and district levels, by training officers in all mosques in Perak to be informed about the subject, he added.
At the ceremony today, Sultan Nazrin Shah also presented letters of appointment to Md Suaid Din and Assoc Prof Dr Shamrayu Ab Aziz as members of MAIPk.
Sultan Nazrin Shah also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on a strategic joint venture between MAIPk and Wasiyyah Shoppe Berhad by MAIPk chief executive officer Datuk Dr Amiruddin Muhamed and Wasiyyah Shoppe executive director Ariffin Sabirin.
The memorandum provides for MAIPk to appoint Wasiyyah Shoppe as a strategic partner to mobilise all activities pertaining to the promotion of hibah in Perak, making it the first state in the country to take up the initiative in a bid to solve inheritance-based problems.- Bernama