Why can’t I bequest more than one third?


The portion of one third is the maximum allowed by the Prophet, may peace be upon him, when Saad Ibn Abi-Waqqas consulted him about giving two thirds of his money to charity. The Prophet rejected the two thirds suggestion. Saad then suggested one half. The Prophet rejected that too. Finally, Saad suggested one third. The Prophet reluctantly approved. He said, “A third then and a third is still too much.”