Zakah on gold.
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This time my earnest request to you is to show me in simple calculations for paying the zakah on excess gold jewellery. Please explain to me in simple percentage ratio as to how we pay the gold zakat.
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Zakah on gold
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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 one’s assets (properties, investments, jewelry, cash, etc.) except:
- the value of the house/s one owns and actually lives in (no zakah)
- the value of the car/vehicle one uses on a regular basis (no zakah)
- the value of the furniture and fixtures one uses on a regular basis (no zakah)
Your Question: This time my earnest request to you is to show me in simple calculations for paying the zakah on excess gold jewellery. Please explain to me in simple percentage ratio as to how we pay the gold zakat.
Respected sister, if the total value of your assets (cash, investments, properties, jewelry, etc.) is more than the prescribed ‘nisaab’ of approximately US$2,100.00….and those assets have been in your possession for a period of one full lunar calendar year, you would be liable to pay ‘zakah’ on your net excess assets.
Lets assume for this exercise that your total assets are your jewelry (gold, precious stones, etc.), and this jewelry has been in your possession for a period of one full lunar calendar year. You would need to estimate the ‘fair market value’ of your jewelry, and assuming that the value of your assets (jewelry in this case) is above US$2,100.00 (nisaab), you would be liable to pay 2.50% of the ‘fair market value’ of your jewelry as ‘zakah’ for the year.
Thus if you estimate that the fair market value of your jewelry is US$4,000.00; you would be liable to pay 2.50% of US$4,000.00 or US$100.00 as your ‘zakah’ for the year.
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