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Pay zakah on investments.

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PLS SHED MORE LIGHT ON ZAKAT. LIKE WE HAVE PROPERTY INVESTMENTS IN DUBAI IN OFF PLAN PROPERTIES AND NOW WE DONT KNOW WHETHER WE WILL GET THE MONEY BACK OR MONEYS WORTH AS WE HAVE PAID ONLY BOOKING DEPOSITS AND VALUES HAVE COME DOWN MORE THAN 50-80%

 

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Pay zakah on investments


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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$2,500.00), 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: LIKE WE HAVE PROPERTY INVESTMENTS IN DUBAI IN OFF PLAN PROPERTIES AND NOW WE DONT KNOW WHETHER WE WILL GET THE MONEY BACK OR MONEYS WORTH AS WE HAVE PAID ONLY BOOKING DEPOSITS AND VALUES HAVE COME DOWN MORE THAN 50-80%

Scenario-1: Value of investment have depreciated 80%.

If you paid a booking deposit of say $10,000.00 and the market value of the invested property has depreciated say 80% to $2,000.00; you would be liable to pay zakah on the current value of your investment would be 2.50% of $2,000.00 for this year.

 

Scenario-2: Uncertain whether the money invested will be returned, or fear the property will never be made, etc.

If you paid a booking deposit of say $10,000.00 and fear that the property might never be made or whether the money will ever be returned, you are well within your rights to delay the paying of the zakah for this investment until you actually receive the money back or the property deed is sellable. If and when the investment materializes, you can pay the zakah dues for the number of years you held the asset without paying its zakah. If the investment never materializes, you obviously are not liable to pay any zakah on that lost investment.

 

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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 


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