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Alhamdulillah, I am now eligible to pay Zakat. A few days have crossed the one year period after which Zakat becomes obligatory.

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Dear Brother Burhan,

 

Assalaamu`alaikum.

Alhamdulillah, I am now eligible to pay Zakat. A few days have crossed the one year period after which Zakat becomes obligatory. Do I have to calculate the gold rates exactly as per that on the day of completion of one year? Eg., one year completed on 15-12-2006 & it is 05-01-2007 now. Do i calculate as per 15/12 rates or the current rates?

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Dates of zakah

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One may determine any date of the calendar year to calculate their zakah dues for the preceding year; thus if one has determined a date of 15-Dec as the completion of the year to determine their zakah dues, one should accurately determine the market value of their excess net wealth according to that date (15-Dec), even if one were to actually fulfill and pay their zakah dues at a later date.

 

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Burhan


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