Mussalman Wakf Valid­ating Act, 1913




ACT NO. VI OF 1913

7th  MARCH, 1913


An Act to declare the rights of Mussalmans

to make settlements of property by way of ” wakf ” in favour of their families, child­ren and descendants.


whereas doubts have arisen regarding the validity of wakfs created by persons professing the Mussalman, faith in favour of themselves, their families, children and descendants and ultimately for the benefit of the poor or for other religious, pious or chari­table purposes ; and whereas it is expedient to remove such doubts ;


It is hereby enacted as follows :


1. Short title and extent.  — (1) This Act may be called the Mussalman Wakf Valid­ating Act, 1913.


(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.


Provided that nothing herein contained shall be deemed in any way to affect any right, title, obligation or liability already acquired, accrued or incurred before the twenty-fifth day of July, 1930.


2.  Definitions. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, —


(1) ” Wakf” means the permanent dedication by a person professing the  Muslim faith of any property for any purpose recognized by the Muslim law   as religious, pious or charitable.


(2) ” Hanafi Muslim ” means a follower of the Muslim, faith who conforms to the tenets and doctrines of the Hanafi school of Muslim law.


3. Power of Muslims to create certain wakfs It shall be lawful for any person professing the Muslim faith to create a wakf which in all other respects is in accordance with the provisions of Muslim law, for the following among other purposes :


(a) for the maintenance and support wholly or partially of his family, children or descendants, and


(b) where the person creating a wakf is a Hanafi Muslim, also for his own maintenance and support during his lifetime or for the payment of his debts out of the rents and profits of the property dedicated :

Provided that the ultimate benefit is in such cases expressly or impliedly reserved for the poor or for any other purpose recognised by the Muslim law as a religious, pious or charitable purpose of a permanent character,


4. Wakfs not to be invalid by reason of remoteness of benefit to poor, etc.  No such wakf shall be deemed to be invalid merely because the benefit reserved therein for the poor or other reli­gious, pious or charitable purpose of a permanent nature is postponed until after the extinction of the family, children or descendants of the person creating the wakf.


5. saving of local and sectarian custom.  Nothing in this Act shall affect any custom or usage whether local or prevalent among  Muslims of any particular class or sect.



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