Unpaid zakah for 15 years.
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one qustion again i build that house before 15 years ago and i wont be able to pay the zakah for all those years. Is it posible if i repent Allah for the mistake.
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Unpaid zakah for 15 years
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Respected brother, if you built the house with the intention to live in it yourself, then absolutely regardless of how long you might have owned the house or how much the house is worth, you have to pay no zakah on that house; for a house one lives in oneself is exempt from zakah in Shariah Law.
But if the house bought or built was intended as an investment, or for rental, or to derive any commercial benefit..then indeed you would be liable to pay zakah annually on market value of that house. If perchance you had bought or built the house as an investment and have not paid its zakah for the past 15 years, you will be liable to pay its zakah for the 15 years..taubah and repentance alone will not clear your debt and your duty unto your Lord. The taubah or repentance or atonement of one who has not paid ones due zakah for 15 years is to do so now.
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