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Zakah housing

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

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Dear Brother Burhan,

I have deposited some amount for the purchase of land in a houising society. I have not yet got the possession of land. Do I have to include the amount of deposit in my asset for payment of Zakat.

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Zakah housing

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In principle, the zakah is due on any excess wealth or nett worth of the person which has been in his possession for a period of one year.

 

The money that you have deposited in a housing society is a part of your asset and thus your nett worth, and if you have had possession of that amount for a period of one calendar year then zakah at the rate of 2.5% would indeed be due on it.

 

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Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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