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I would like to know in details about ZAKAT. As My wife got some savings from her salary can she give zakat on the saved amount of money? It wil be good if you give me the all applicable
categories of ZAKAT?
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If the total net 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$2,100.00), 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 the total net worth of any believer is less than the prescribed nisaab, he/she is not liable to pay any zakah until their net worth exceeds the prescribed nisaab.
For the purpose of determining zakah, the Net Excess Assets would be the current market value of all of ones assets (properties, investments, jewelry, cash, etc.) except:
- the value of the house/s one owns and actually lives in
- the value of the car/vehicle one uses on a regular basis
- the value of the furniture and fixtures one uses on a regular basis.
Your Question: As My wife got some savings from her salary can she give zakat on the saved amount of money?
If the total value of the net excess assets of your wife is above the prescribed nisaab, then indeed she would be liable to pay zakah on her cash savings, her jewelry, her properties, etc. (ie. her net excess assets) annually at the rate of 2.50% of the market value of her assets.
If the value of the total assets of your wife are below the prescribed nisaab, she is not liable to pay any zakah.
Your Question: .It wil be good if you give me the all applicable categories of ZAKAT?
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 60:
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 the 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.
Allah Subhanah has prescribed that zakah should be paid to any of the above eight listed categories:
- To the poor
- To the needy
- To those who are employed to administer the zakah funds
- To those whose hearts have recently been reconciled to the Truth of Islam (new-muslims)
- For those in bondage
- For those in debt
- In the Cause of Allah
- To the way-farer or traveler
Allah Subhanah has Commanded and Guided the believers that Zakah must be distributed to any of the above eight categories only; for all other categories, one may help them through voluntary and supererogatory charity or sadaqah but not through Zakah funds.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,