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Zakah determination

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I was having some questions regarding zakat and was just going through your site, for some I got the answers but still I am unclear regarding a few of them.

First of all let me brief you my current status, right now I am staying away from my parents, they are in India and I am in gulf. In India we are having our own house, constructed out of my fathers earnings.

Here I stay in a rented house, with very less expense and as such able to save a good portion of my salary alhamdolillah.

I am not having any property as such in my name, only purchased some jewelleries etc for my mother, sister and my fianc.

Please guide me whether I am supposed to pay any zakat and if yes than how much and to whom?

 

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Zakah determination

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

In principle, zakah is to be paid every year on the nett worth (assets less the liabilities) of every individual after it has been in his possession for a period of one calendar year.

 

Your Question: Please guide me whether I am supposed to pay any zakat and if yes than how much and to whom?

From your note it seems that your nett worth is above the nisab (minimum level of wealth), and you are liable to pay the zakah on the savings which have been in your possession for a period of one calendar year. If you have already given the jewelry to your mother, sister or fianc, it belongs to them and they are liable to pay the zakah on it; but if you have purchased it and you intend to give it to them at a later date, then the jewelry will be considered amongst your property and you must pay the zakah on it, provided it has been in your possession for a period of one calendar year.

 

Your Question: and if yes than how much

Zakah calculation will be 2.5% of the total value of your cash savings plus the jewelry that is in your possession for a period of once calendar year.

 

Your Question: to whom?

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 60: Alms are for the poor and the needy and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the Cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.

 

Zakah can be spent on any of the categories listed in the above Aayah of Surah Taubah, or in any Cause of Allah Subhanah. Except for building a mosque and spending on those who are ones direct responsibility (wife, children, parents, etc.), the zakah dues can be spent in any Cause of Allah Subhanah.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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