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Plot of land Zakah

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Does one have to pay zakat on a plot of land with nothing built upon it; bought with the intent to, one day, either sell it or build a house upon it? If so, how does one calculate the amount of zakat due on it? 


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Plot of land Zakah

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The plot of land, regardless of whether something is built upon it or not, would be considered part of one’s wealth or net worth, and if the land has been in your possession for a period of one full year, then one must pay the 2.5% zakah on the market value of the land.


But if and when one himself lives in the house built on that plot of land, then there will be no zakah on either the house or the land; for whatever is in usage for oneself to live his life, zakah is not liable for that part of his wealth. Zakah is only liable on one’s excess wealth or net worth which has been in his possession for a period of one full year.


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