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Zakah calculation

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We own a house that is on mortgage. The mortgage is not fully paid yet. We live in the house and rent part of the house to cover mortgage payments every month. How do we calculate zakat on this. Also how does one pay zakat on the money they have in the bank. Because due to bill payments the amount left in the account varies from month to month.
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Zakah calculation

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Beloved sister in Islam, the general principle when determining the zakah dues is that it is payable on the excess wealth or excess nett worth of the person which has been in ones possession for a period of one full calendar year.

Your Question: We own a house that is on mortgage. The mortgage is not fully paid yet. We live in the house and rent part of the house to cover mortgage payments every month. How do we calculate zakat on this.

There is no zakah applicable on the house one lives, or the car one drives, or the furniture and fixtures and assets one uses to live his normal life.

Thus in your particular case, you need to calculate the value of the property which has been rented out, and determine what share of the mortgage loan has already been paid on that part of the property; and then accordingly calculate 2.5% as the zakah dues.

Your Question: Also how does one pay zakat on the money they have in the bank. Because due to bill payments the amount left in the account varies from month to month.
Zakah will be due on any excess amount which has been in your possession for a full calendar year. If due to the movements in the account, the balance varies every month, one should take the average of the balance over a period of twelve months and calculate 2.5% as the zakah amount.

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