Brother, we understand zakat is compulsory on the physical stock of gold in hand 2 1/2 % but UTI is coming out with the equity/fund scheme.
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dear mr burhan
i have a question in reference to zakat
brother, we understand zakat is compulsory on the physical stock of gold in hand 2 1/2 % but UTI is coming out with the equity/fund scheme. Holding the equity fund if there is an appreciation or a profit definitely we have to pay zakat but if there is no profit in the event whatever the equity of fund of market value would it be compulsory to pay the zakat.
please advise as early as possible as we planned to invest in equity/fund which is going to be closed by 10th march. your early reply will be highly appreciated.
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Zakah on savings equity fund
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If the total nett worth of any believer(man, woman or child) is more than the prescribed nisaab of 7.5 tolas of gold (app. 85 grams or app. Value US$1,000.00), then the person is liable to pay the obligatory annual zakah of 2.5% on their excess wealth which has been in their possession for a full calendar year. If ones total nett worth is less than the prescribed nisaab, then one does not have to pay any zakaah on their wealth. In principle, zakah is to be paid every year on the excess wealth of every believer after it has been in their possession for a period of one calendar year.
Beloved Sister in Islam, zakah is not based on the annual income of ones investments, but rather zakah is determined from the total excess wealth of an individual, regardless of whether one made a profit or a loss in that calendar year.
Thus if one invests in an equity-fund, it will without a doubt be considered part of their excess wealth, and absolutely regardless of whether there is a profit or a loss in the fund, they will be liable to pay 2.5% of its market value annually as zakah.
For example, lets say one invests $10,000.00 in an equity fund, and at the end of the year there is a loss of $1,000.00; thus the believer will still be liable to pay 2.5% of the balance US$9,000.00 as their annual zakah dues.
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