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Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding WMS

  • Existing community funds support the immediate and short-term needs of our community and religious institutions.

    WMS however is a wakaf instrument or endowment fund that will provide a long-term sustainable source of funding in areas not supported by any existing structured community fund.

    In other words, your donation to WMS – a form of sadaqah jariyah – will eternally accrue and benefit you long after death until His promised Last Day, InsyaAllah.

    1. Contributions to WMS will be pooled together to form the WMS Corpus (principal amount)
    2. The WMS Corpus will be preserved until the end of time and perpetually invested in Shariah-compliant Investment Products to generate income
    3. Only the net income from the investments will be disbursed to WMS beneficiaries

  • You can still include WMS in your legacy planning. There are different Islamic legacy planning tools available that can help you dedicate a portion of your asset for WMS such as the Islamic will (wasiat), CPF and insurance nominations. Click here to learn how.

    Alternatively, you can spread the word about WMS to your family and friends and encourage them to contribute. This is also a beneficial contribution to WMS.

  • The donation and pledging portal will be launched in the second quarter of 2023. If you are keen to schedule a session with an officer to learn more about WMS, contact us.

    In the meantime, should you wish to contribute or pledge to WMS, you can do so at go.gov.sg/wms-pledgeform.

Regarding Wakaf

  • Wakaf is one of the deeds that will continue being recorded for our souls and help us earn rewards, even after death.

    Narrated in Sahih Muslim, Rasulullah s.a.w advised, “When the son of Adam dies, his actions come to an end except for three; sadaqah jariyah (ongoing charity or wakaf), knowledge which brought benefit, and a pious child who makes supplication for him.”

    Wakaf can be understood as an endowment fund. It has proven to be able to sustain communities, initiatives and families for generations. Across the world, especially in the West, some of the largest institutions are benefitting from charitable endowments. Harvard University, for example, has amassed US$53 billion in 2021, providing a permanent source of funding for their teaching and research.

    Having been advised about the virtue of wakaf, many of the Companions of Rasulullah s.a.w including Uthman, Umar, Abu Bakar and Khalid Ibn Walid bequeathed their wealth for wakaf.

  • While many wakaf are commonly in the form of land, properties and other types of physical or immovable assets, there are no objections from the Islamic law perspective against wakaf assets being in cash form.

    Furthermore, unlike immovable assets which require additional funds to service, maintain, repair, upgrade, and in Singapore, to renew its land lease, cash wakaf easily ensures that your wakaf is kept intact and can be perpetuated.

  • Your Wakaf is valid when you:

    1. State your intention to wakaf
    2. Make your wakaf eternal and not for a limited period only
    3. Accept that your wakaf is irreversible, meaning that you cannot ask for its ownership back

    Your declaration to create wakaf can be,

    • Verbal (a voice recording is required) or written
    • Specific or general
      • Specific: A clear pronouncement such as “I intend to wakaf my house for the poor.
      • General: A general pronouncement such as “My assets are for charity to the poor.

  • As a donor, you must be,

    1. Willing, not forced to contribute wakaf
    2. A Muslim (in accordance with the Administration of Muslim Law Act) who is,
      • Independent
      • Mature (baligh)
      • Mentally sound

  • Your asset that you intend to donate for wakaf must be,

    • Physical, in the form of property or cash
    • Owned by you
    • Perpetual and can be used forever
    • Permissible in Islamic law

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