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Wife responsible for her zakah.

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i was doing job and earning a handsome amount of money before marriage. At the time of marriage my inlaws and my to be husband assured me that he will allow me to continue my job after marriage. After marriage i went to another country and tried to search another job but my husband asked me to join a job after having 3 or 4 kids. Now i am jobless and on the other hand i do not take any money from my husband for my personal spendings. I had got 2 jewellery sets and some bangles, one form my mother side and one as a gift from my husband. Now i want to give zakat on this jewellery. But my husband says that it is entirely wives responsibility to pay zakat.


Now i am much worried about it as i am not taking any cash money from my husband neither i am having a job. Please guide me in this matter. My husband is not a poor man he is earning a handsome amount of money and he can easily pay zakat on this jewellery. 


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Wife responsible for her zakah

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Your Question: Now i want to give zakat on this jewellery. But my husband says that it is entirely wives responsibility to pay zakat.

The jewelry sets and the bangles given to you by your mother and the jewelry given to you as a gift by your husband are your property, and if the market value of your property are more than the prescribed ‘nisaab’ (85 grams of gold or appr value US$2,100.00), you indeed are liable and responsible to pay the ‘zakah’ on your property.


Respected sister, if your husband (or anyone else) wishes to fulfill your ‘zakah’ dues, he is well within his rights to do so….but if for any reason your husband refuses to fulfill your ‘zakah’ dues, it is you who would be held responsible and accountable in the Presence of your Lord for paying the annual ‘zakah’ on the property that belongs to you.


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 1558 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As

A woman came to the Messenger of Allah (saws) and she was accompanied by her daughter who wore two heavy gold bangles in her hands. He (saws) said to her: ‘Do you pay zakat on them?’ She said: ‘No.’ He (saws) then said: ‘Are you pleased that Allah may put two bangles of fire on your hands?’ Thereupon she took them off and placed them before the Prophet (saws) saying: ‘They are for Allah and His Messenger (saws) (to distribute to the poor as they will).’


In the event that your husband (or your father, brother, loved one, etc.) refuses to fulfill the annual ‘zakah’ dues for the property that belongs to you, and you don’t have the necessary cash to fulfill the ‘zakah’ yourself….you would be required to sell a portion of your property and fulfill your obligatory duty of ‘zakah’ unto your Lord, for the final responsibility of fulfilling the ‘zakah’ in Shariah lies on the person who actually owns the property.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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