My friend had named me as the executor of his estate and we had agreed on the terms. I’m declining the position now that he’s dead. What recommendations do you have for me?
It is not acceptable for you to betray the trust that your friend had placed in you with your knowledge and assent. It is your responsibility to take on the role of executor and ensure that his estate is settled in accordance with Shariah. Only if his will is un-Islamic and his heirs refuse to comply to Shariah can you refuse.