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Zakat on stocks and bonds

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Dear brother,

Please advise me on zakaat. Does one have to pay zakaat on stocks and bonds? Even if one is losing money on the stocks? Does one pay zakaat on the average value of stocks held during the year or just on the profit made that year? 


Brother Burhan,

I have questions regarding zakaat.

Does one need to pay zakaat on stocks and bonds? Even if the stocks are losing money? Does one pay zakaat on the profit from stocks or the total value(which includes the cost + profit) of the stocks? Please advise. Thanks.


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Zakat on stocks and bonds

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Stocks and bonds are definitely amongst the wealth of a person, and if the net worth of the person is more than the prescribed nisaab (appx. US$1,000.00), then zakah is due from him at the rate of 2.5% of the market value of the stocks, irrespective if they are loosing money or making money. The zakah is not calculated from the earnings of the year (like income tax), but is calculated as 2.5% of the excess wealth of the person, which has been in his possession for one full calendar year.


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