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I feel to pay Zakat, but there was a debate from among my Muslim colleagues that Zakat to this amount need be paid only when I receive the money in hand.

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Respected Maulavi Sahib,

I am working in an Indian School, Qatar. In February 2006, the Management of the school has issued me a letter stating that an amount of Qatari Riyals 8683.00 has been kept in abeyance towards my gratuity which I will be getting at the time leaving Qatar for good. Since one year is already over and I am still in service, is it necessary to pay Zakat for this amount ? I feel to pay Zakat, but there was a debate from among my Muslim colleagues that Zakat to this amount need be paid only when I receive the money in hand.


Please enlighten me on this matter.

 


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Zakah on possession of wealth

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Zakah is only applicable on ones excess wealth in Shariah if it has been in ones possession for a period of one full calendar year. Since you have not actually received your gratuity, you obviously do not have possession of that portion of your asset.thus you will not be liable to pay zakah on it until you actually receive it and the amount has been in your possession for a period of one full calendar year.

 

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