‘Abd al-Karim's will, 1895
The will of ‘Abd al-Karim Sahib Dihdashti, the merchant from Shiraz and son of Muhammad Ibrahim Dihdashti the merchant. He has appointed the following four people as the executors of his will and as the guardians for his underage children: Aqa Muhammad ‘Ali (son of Haj Zayn al-‘Abidin Shirazi the merchant), his [‘Abd al-Karim's] wife (daughter of Mirza Muhammad Riza Dihdashti the merchant), Haj Sayyid Isma‘il Shabankarah the merchant (son of Sayyid ‘Ali Shabankarah and resident of Bushihr), and Haj Ghulam ‘Ali Bihbahani the merchant (son of Mashhadi Riza the merchant). ‘Abd al-Karim has appointed two people for overseeing the matters: Muhammad Husayn Sahib Shiraz the merchant (son of Muhammad ‘Ali Lari the merchant) and Haj Muhammad Baqir (son of Muhammad Riza Dihdashti the merchant). ‘Abd al-Karim has the following stipulations: first, that his debts be paid and debts to him be collected based on his accounting books; second, that if one of the executors or overseers of the will dies, others be responsible for the matters related to the deceased executor; third, that the gold, jewelry, and clothing settled to the mother of his children, Mirza Muhammad Husayn and Mirza ‘Ali Akbar, belongs to her and nobody else has a claim on them; fourth, that a third of his property, including his house and silk shop, should be spent on listed expenses; fifth, that the aforementioned property cover the expenses of ‘Abd al-Karim's sister for as long as she is alive and the costs of her funeral after her death; sixth, that if any of his sons become adults during his lifetime, they will be also responsible for the execution of the will; seventh, that the executors arrange to hire people to pray and fast on his behalf, and to send someone on the Hajj on his behalf. If, after all this, there is still money left from the one-third of his property, someone should also be hired to make pilgrimage to other holy cities, including Najaf, Karbala, and Mashhad on his behalf. He has also determined the amount of his Khums [one-fifth] and how it should be spent.