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Zakah of salaried person.

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Dear Brother Burhan,

 

Assalamualaikum,

 

May Allah Reward you for this Humble work.. I have a query on Zakat Calculation, im a salaried person and my salary has been increased twice this year Alhamdulillah, Im unable to calculate the Zakat on my salary, please look in the below details and Advice me for the same at the earliest. Can i give my Zakat to diff persons like Zakat Amnt 5000/- ( 5 Peoples x 1000/-each).

 

Salary Statement of 1 Year

Month-Year

Gross Sal

Net Sal

Savings

Loan paying to Bank

Oct-07

16667

14732

Nil

934

Nov-07

16667

14732

Nil

934

Dec-07

16667

14732

Nil

934

Jan-08

26667

24732

Nil

934

Feb-08

28333


24716

Nil

934

Mar-08

23622

21127

Nil

934

Apr-08

22500

20005

Nil

934

May-08

22500

20005

Nil

934

Jun-08

22500

20005

Nil

934

Jul-08

34000

32720

Nil

934

Aug-08

23985

22705

Nil

934

Sep-08

23985

22705

Nil

934

Total

278093

252916

0

11208

 

Sep Months salary is still pending, i included this because Eid is on 2nd Oct.

I have a personal loan from bank EMI is 934/-.

No Savings, No vehicle. 

 

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Zakah of salaried person

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

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:

  1. the value of the house/s one owns and actually lives in (no zakah)
  2. the value of the car/vehicle one uses on a regular basis (no zakah)
  3. the value of the furniture and fixtures one uses on a regular basis (no zakah)

 

Your Question: ..im a salaried person and my salary has been increased twice this year Alhamdulillah, Im unable to calculate the Zakat on my salary,

Respected brother in Islam, your annual income or salary is absolutely immaterial and irrelevant when calculating zakah; for zakah in Islam is not determined on ones annual income or salary, but rather on ones net excess assets which have been in ones possession for a period of one full lunar calendar year.

 

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.

 

Lets say one earns US$1-million salary a year, and his total expenditure for the year is also US$1-million; and this person has absolutely no assets (no properties, no investments, no jewelry, no cash savings, etc.). Thus the net excess asset of such a person would in effect be zero; and such a person would not be liable to pay any zakah; even though he earns as much as US$1-million a year!!!

 

Thus brother, absolutely regardless of how much you earn a year, your annual income or salary is absolutely irrelevant when determining your annual zakah. If, as you have stated you have absolutely no savings, and assuming you have no other investments or assets, your net excess assets would in effect be zero and you would thus not be liable to pay any zakah for this year.

 

But if after your annual expenditure and your outstanding loans, you are left with an amount; and that amount is more then the prescribed nisaab (approximately US$2,100.00), and that amount has been in your possession for a period of one full lunar calendar year.then indeed you would be liable to pay 2.50% of your saved amount as your annual zakah for the year.

 

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,

 

 

Burhan

 


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