Paying Zakaat-ul-Fitr on behalf of a fetus

Question 50: Is Zakaat-ul-Fitr due on a fetus?

Answer: It is recommendable to pay Zakaat-ul-Fitr on behalf of an embryo, for this was practiced by `Uthmaan (may Allaah be pleased with him)… read more here.

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Ruling on Zakaat-ul-Fitr (obligatory charity paid before the Festival of Breaking the Fast)

Question 49:  Is the following an authentic Hadeeth: “The Sawm (Fast) of Ramadaan is not raised (to Allaah) until Zakaat-ul-Fitr (obligatory charity paid before the Festival of Breaking the Fast) is paid”? Is Zakaat-ul-Fitr obligatory on needy Muslims who observe Sawm and do not have the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due), based on the authenticity of the previous Hadeeth or other legal evidence from the authentic Sunnah?

Answer: Zakaat-ul-Fitr is obligatory on every Muslim who should be self-supporting, if he has one Saa‘ (1 Sa‘ = 3 kg. Approx.) or more in excess of his and his family’s needs on the day and night of ‘Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast)… read more here.

Does debt exempt one from paying Zakaah?

Question 48: Seven years ago, I entered into partnership with a friend in a shop. At that time, I had no money to offer as my share in the capital. My friend and I, thus, borrowed the money from one of my friend’s relatives. We ran the shop for two years then sold it and divided the amount. After a while, Allaah granted me the money to settle my debt. Long before opening this shop, I had another debt that was more than my share in the shop. At that time, I asked a friend of mine, who was a student of knowledge, if I was obliged to pay Zakaah on my share in the shop. He told me that if my debt was equal to my share in the shop then I did not have to pay Zakaah. However, I have now been told that I was obligated to pay Zakaah. Please answer me, am I required to pay Zakaah or not? What should I do now?

Answer: If your share in the money that you both had and in the goods for sale in the shop reached the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) and they remained in your possession for a lunar year… read more here.

Paying Zakaah on loans

Question 47: I lent some of my friends and relatives a sum of money. Must I pay the Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on this sum of money every year?

Answer: If the amount of the loan, whether alone or combined with your other money, reaches the Nisaab (minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) then the lender, as opposed to the borrower… read more here.

Zakaah on rented buildings

Question 46: I have a wealthy brother, who invests his money in buildings, shops, and lands, and he rents them out. I advised him to pay the Zakaah (obligatory charity) on all his assets and his profits, but he told me that Zakaah was only due on the rents, not the assets nor the capital, and that was only if they remain in his possession for a full lunar year before he spent them on buying another building. Many people do the same as my brother; is it permissible to do this in Islaam without being a sinner? What is the type of real estate on whose rent and value Zakaah is not due until a lunar year has passed? Is there a limit to this or does it apply to any amount?

Answer: There are many different types of wealth that people can own, one of them is money… read more here.

Zakaah on a property intended for investment

Question 45: A man bought a piece of land that he planned to build a house on, either to live in himself or to rent out. Many years have passed, but the man has not used the land yet. Is there any Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on the land? Should Zakaah be paid for one lunar year or for all the years?

Answer: No, there is no Zakaah due on this land, because it is not regarded a commercial property… read more here.

Zakaah on a property used for investment

Question 44: A man bought a piece of land – where a house can be built – seven years ago near a city, hoping that one day someone will buy it. The land’s value is its price plus a small profit. Is there any Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on its value? Should Zakaah be paid before or after receiving its price? Also, should the Zakaah be paid for one lunar year or for all the past lunar years?

Answer: This land is a commercial commodity whose Zakaah becomes payable when a full lunar year has passed… read more here.

Zakaah on food bought for eating

Question 43: I had one thousand Saudi Riyals with which I bought some foodstuff which I intended to eat, and it was not my intention to trade in them. A full lunar year or two passed while these foodstuff were in my possession, as I did not need to consume them. Is there any Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on these foodstuff or not?

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned, and you bought these foods with the intention of eating them and not to trade in them, and it happened that you did not use them and they remained with you to be used in the future, then no Zakaah is due on them… read more here.

Ruling on paying Zakaah on commercial commodities

Question 42: A questioner from Morocco visited us and mentioned that the scholars of Morocco differed with regard to Zakaah of commercial commodities. Some of them stated that Zakaah on commercial commodities is obligatory while others opposed this and supported their opinion with the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) of Zakaah which only mentions gold and silver. This latter group of scholars also mentioned that all kinds of wealth and commodities other than gold and silver do not follow them with regard to the obligation of Zakaah. However, scholars agreed with regard to the other types of Zakaah, meaning, Zakaah on grain, fruit, camels, and sheep. Please explain this matter to us in writing so that the opponents become convinced. May Allaah reward you!

Answer: First, jurists differed with regard to the obligation of paying Zakaah on commercial commodities. This Zakaah was considered to be obligatory by the Jumhoor (dominant majority of scholars) but not by Dawud ibn `Alee Al-Zhahiree and a group of other scholars… read more here.

Zakaah on the deceased’s estate

Question 41: When should the Zakaah (obligatory charity) on an inheritance be paid? Should it be paid when the heirs receive it or after they have had it for one year? Also what is the ruling on gifts, whether they are in the form of cash or real estate?

Ans: Zakaah should be paid on an inheritance one year after the death of the deceased, because the ownership of the estate of someone who dies is transferred to their heirs from the date of their death… read more here.

Zakaah on money dedicated to build a Masjid (mosque)

Question 40: I have a sum of money that I vowed to use in building a Masjid (mosque) and I am waiting for the approval to do so. I have had this money for a lunar year, is there any Zakaah due on it or not? Please answer me, may Allah reward you with the best!

Answer: If the matter is as you mentioned, there is no Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on this money because it is vowed to be used as Sadaqah (voluntary charity) to build a Masjid… read more here.

Money dedicated for public charities (Zakaah on money donated for charity)

Question 39: 

A- We agreed to deposit one hundred thousand Riyals (100000) in some banks without investing them in sales and purchases. Instead, it was intended to be on standby for any member of this community who experiences an accident and becomes liable to pay Diyah (blood money). Therein, the Diyah would be paid from the retained money. Is it permissible to keep this sum without investing it? Should Zakaah (obligatory charity) be paid on it?

B- We bought a local house in the city of Riyadh for one hundred and fifteen thousand Riyals (115.000) which at present is being rented annually for twelve thousand Riyals (12.000). Is this house subject to Zakaah? What is the Zakaah amount due considering that sometimes it remains unleased? Please, advise!

C- We bought plots of land with the rest of the sum in Riyadh and Jeddah to insure the future. Is this land subject to Zakaah or not? How much should be paid ?

D- We agreed to distribute the Zakaah payment to orphans, widows and those in debt among the members of this tribe, is this correct?

Answer: First, If this sum, more or less, is being collected as donations that nothing of it is distributed to the donors, when no accidents take place, and are spent in aspects of Charity; this is permissible… read more here.

Zakaah on Money saved to pay blood money

Question 38: One of the tribes collected a sum of money that they dedicate to pay any blood money on behalf of its members. They used this money in business and also dedicate the profit they made for the payment of blood money. Is Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on this money or not? If it was not being used in business would Zakaah then be due on it or not? Can other tribe members pay the Zakaah due on their wealth into this fund?

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned, there is no Zakaah due on that money, as it has the same ruling as a Waqf (endowment), whether it is frozen or put to work in a business… read more here.

Should we pay Zakaah on the family charitable fund?

Question 37: I keep a sum of money as a fund for my tribe. Every male member of the tribe, young or old, pays 100 riyals at the beginning of every Hijree year to this fund. We save this money so we can use it to pay for Diyah (blood money) from car or other unintentional accidents or to defend people. The total amount is now really big, 200,000 riyals or more. This fund is called the “Furooq” of the tribe. The people of the tribe have unanimously chosen me to be the one entrusted with this fund. Is there any Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on this money if a lunar year passes without us using it? It should be mentioned that this money is collected every year.

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned and the tribe’s members do not regain any of the money they paid into the fund as a donation, they no longer personally own it, and the money is used for the purpose that they donated it for, then no Zakaah is due on it… read more here.

Is it permissible to deduct taxes from Zakaah?

Question 36:  What is the opinion of the Permanent Committee of a person who, after taking out the Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on his wealth, then pays his taxes from it? Is this correct or not?

Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to pay the taxes due on their wealth from the Zakaah they are obliged to pay on it… read more here.

Zakaah on overdue money from the state

Question 35: The Custodian of the Two Sacred Mosques, may Allaah protect him, issued a decree that all payments due to governmental bodies, organizations and individuals should be paid. One of the concerned organizations received payments that traced back to 1403 AH, almost seven years ago. The total amount paid to this organization is more than 5 million riyals. My question is: Is Zakaah due on this money upon payment? If so, is Zakaah due on this money for one year, or for more? If Zakaah is due on this money, people should be informed about this by the Imams (those who lead congregational Prayer) of Masajid (mosques) and by way of the media so that the people involved can fulfill the third obligation of this great religion and win the pleasure of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). This is also important so that Allaah will bless us with rain as one of the reasons that Allaah does not send down rain is punishment for not paying Zakaah. My sole reason for asking this question is to please Allaah. With my best regards and may Allaah’s peace and blessings be with you!

Answer: If the matter is as you mentioned, Zakaah is due on this money at the end of the year to be counted from the day the organization receives the payment, and no Zakaah is due for the previous years as the money was not in the organization’s possession… read more here.

Is Zakaah due on a retirement bonus?

Question 34: I work for a company that gives its employees fifteen days’ salary as a bonus for every year of service, but they give this bonus at the end of their service. I would like to ask Your Eminences for a Fatwaa: At the end of my service with this company I will be given this bonus, am I required to pay the Zakaah (obligatory charity) on this bonus for my years of service?

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned, no Zakaah is due on this bonus until you have received it and had it for one lunar year… read more here.

Should we pay Zakaah on money saved for building?

Question 33: I have deposited money in a bank in order to build an apartment for each of my children when the amount becomes sufficient to cover the construction costs. If the money is not sufficient, due to the high cost of building materials and my moderate income, I will sell the land and divide the money among my children. My question is: Is Zakaah due on the money I have saved for building? Please answer my question and may Allaah reward you for helping me and other Muslims!

Answer: Zakaah is due on any money you have saved for building so long as one lunar year has passed and… read more here.

Should we pay Zakaah on money saved for marriage?

Question 32: A man has had some money for one lunar year, but he has been saving it to get married. Is Zakaah due on this money?

Answer: Zakaah is due on this money as it meets the conditions for the obligation of Zakaah. Wanting to use this money for marriage cannot be used as an excuse for not paying the Zakaah… read more here.

Zakaah on Gold worn by women as adornment

Question 31: I would like Your Eminences to tell me, and other Muslims, about the Zakaah (obligatory charity) that is due on gold or on gold and silver jewelry that is intended for use as an adornment and not as an investment. Some people say there is no Zakaah due on gold and silver jewelry that is intended for wearing, while others say that Zakaah is due on it whether it is intended for adornment or investment. They claim that the Hadeeth stipulating the obligation of Zakaah on it when it is intended for wearing are stronger than those stipulating there is no due Zakaah. Please send me a clear written Fatwaa, and may Allaah reward you for serving Islaam and Muslims!

Answer: Muslim scholars agree that it is obligatory to pay Zakaah on gold and silver jewelry that is not to be worn, or is bought for trading or similar purposes, but if it is jewelry that can be used for adornment or lending, such as silver rings or women’s jewelry, or what is permitted from decorative weapons, the scholars have differed over the obligation of Zakaah on this… read more here.

Paying Zakaah due on gold and silver in cash

Question 30: Is it permissible to pay the Zakaah on gold and silver in paper money, as it is the case with commercial commodities? In other words, can the 2.5% of the value of gold and silver be paid in cash after a lunar year has passed?

Answer: There is no harm in paying the Zakaah on gold and silver in cash of equal value after a lunar year passes, because they all share the same value… read more here.

Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) in dollars

Question 29: What is the Nisaab (minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) in dollars?

Answer: The amount of Nisaab in dollars and other paper money currencies is equal to the value of twenty Mithqals (4.68 grams) of gold… read more here.

Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) on gold

Question 28: How should we calculate the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) in the Turkish banknote? Which is better; calculating it (the Nisaab) according to the price of gold or silver? Also what is the difference between them?

Answer: The Nisaab of gold is twenty Mithqals (4.68 grams) and twenty Mithqals are equivalent to 11 and 3/7 Saudi gold pounds, and the Nisaab of silver is one hundred and forty Mithqals, or two hundred dirhams at the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), which equal 56 Saudi silver riyals… read more here.

Zakaah upon dates when transferred to heirs

Question 27: Some brothers received an inheritance of harvested dates. Should they pay the Zakaah (obligatory charity) on the dates before they share them out or wait until after they have shared them out, so each of them knows what their share is, and then they pay their Zakaah on it in their own way? Does the Hadeeth reported on the authority of ‘Aboo Bakr, “Do not combine the separated nor separate the combined…” apply to this situation or does it just apply to Zakaah upon sheep?

Answer: It is obligatory on each of the heirs to pay the Zakaah on their share, if their share reaches the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due)… read more here.

Zakaah on corn harvested unripe

Question 26: Some farmers grow corn but as they find no one to guard it against birds, they are forced to reap it before it ripens. Transformed into some sort of fodder, the corn is used as animal food. Is Zakaah due on this type of crops? And is the financial aid granted by the government to the farmers in return for losing their corn crops lawful?

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned, Zakaah is not due on these crops. As for the financial aid granted by the government, concerned authorities in the government… read more here.

Zakaah on firewood and grass, bamboo or palm branches

Question 25: I asked about the Zakaah that is due on firewood, grass, and bamboo.I searched the book of al-Fiqh `ala al-Madaahib al-Arba`ah (The Four Schools of Jurisprudence), where it is said that there is no Zakaah due on firewood, grass, bamboo or palm branches, because the land does not benefit from these crops, but it is rather damaged by them. However, if the l landowner collects them, sells them and uses their profit, Zakaah is due on that money if it reaches the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due). Is it also necessary that a Hawl (one lunar year) passes?

Answer: There is no Zakaah due on firewood, grass and bamboo, whether they grow on their own or are planted… read more here.

Zakaah (obligatory charity) on Sugarcane

Question 24: Our question to your Eminence is about Zakaah (obligatory charity) on sugarcane; is there any legal ruling regarding it? If yes, what is the prescribed percentage to be paid? What is the reply to those saying that there is no Zakaah on Sugarcane for it is not of what the earth yields? There is another confusing matter, which is; should Zakaah be paid in the form of crops or money [according to the crops’ market price]?

Answer: There is no Zakaah on planted sugarcane, rather Zakaah is on its price if it is sold and the money attains a year, and reaches the Nisab (the minimum amount of money on which Zakaah should be paid)… read more here.

Is Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on Cotton?

Question 23: Is Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on cotton? What is its value? What is the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due)? Is the cost of planting cotton calculated before paying Zakaah, for this plant costs a lot before it ripens?

Answer: According to the soundest opinions of scholars, Zakaah is not due on cotton… read more here

Should we pay Zakaah on Coconut?

Question 22: How do we pay Zakaah on Coconut? It is a tree that looks like a palm-tree regarding the benefits and usage but the difference between them is in the form of fruits. The fruits of Coconut have inner and outer husk and both husks are useful but they are not edible. Inside the fruit, there is pure nutritious liquid “milk” ready for drink and may be made as vinegar. It is known that the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) on crops and fruits is five Wasq (1 Wasq=60 Sa`s=180 kg. Approx.) if we exclude the opinion of the Hanafee school in this regard. The fruits of Coconut are not weighed.

The peasants and farmers of Coconut sell their crops and the fruits of the Coconut on the day of harvest then give its Zakaah in cash. This means that they give their Zakaah in a way different from the prescribed way for paying Zakaah on crops and fruits, is this method of paying Zakaah correct?

Answer: Coconut is deemed to be one of the fruits which has no Zakaah because its fruits are not weighed or stored… read more here.

What are the conditions of the obligation of Zakaah on grains?

Question 21: We are farmers who want to know about Zakaah (obligatory charity). All Praise is due to Allaah that we pay Zakaah on all kinds of grains. Some scholars or students of religious knowledge say that Zakaah upon grains is paid only on barley, wheat, raisins and fruits. We would like your advice on this, may Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: First, Zakaah on grains has to be paid upon all crops whether they are foodstuff such as wheat, barley, rice, millet, or legumes such as broad beans, lentil, chick-pea or grown-for-seeds crops such as coriander, cumin, linseed, Egyptian cucumber, cucumber, or grown-for-leaves crops such as cress, radish, Safflower according to the general Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Zakaah should be paid on Coffee is a sort of grain

Question 20: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ has read the paper sent by the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Justice for Judicial Affairs and attached to his letter numbered Q/1/134 and dated 1/2/1395 A. H. To his Eminence Chairman of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Da`wah, and Guidance and transferred to them by the Secretariat-General for the Council of Senior Scholars numbered 2/203 and dated 11/2/1395 A. H. The issue of this paper is that the Director of Finances of Abha requested an explanation for the way in which coffee should be estimated, the amount of its Shar`ee (Islaamic legal) Wasq, and whether or not it may be distributed amongst poor people like the case of grain and dates?

Answer: After studying the question, the Committee answered as follows… read more here.

There is no Zakaah (obligatory charity) on figs

Question 19: Is it permissible to pay Zakaah (obligatory charity) on figs bearing in mind that they are irrigated by rain?

Answer: No Zakaah is due on figs because they are a sort of fruit such as pomegranates and pears and they are neither measured nor saved… read more here.

Zakaah is due on grapes when they reach five Wasaqs

Question 18: I have a grape farm for which I pay the same costs which are usually paid by all other farmers such as the costs of irrigation, wood, fertilizers, and workers. Should I then pay Zakaah (obligatory charity) on the grapes bearing in mind that I sell them fresh at the market without being processed to raisins. If Zakaah should be paid on the grapes; how and when should this be done? Should it be paid out of the grapes themselves or is it the value that should be paid? What is the percentage that should be given in Zakaah?

Answer: Zakaah is obligatory on grapes when they reach the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) which is five Wasaqs (1 Wasaq = 60 Sa`s =130,320 kg)… read more here.

No Zakaah is due on honey that is produced by bees

Question 17: Should Zakaah (obligatory charity) be paid on honey which is produced by bees?

Answer: No Zakaah is due on honey that is produced by bees… read more here.

Should we pay Zakaah on stored grains though Zakaah was paid at the time of harvesting?

Question 16: Is Zakaah (obligatory charity) required on grains stored for years, knowing that I paid the due Zakaah at the time of harvest? Is there any other kind of Zakaah required on these grains?

Answer: If the case is so, if you store grains for trade, then Zakaah will be due after the passing of one lunar year from the date you intended, just like other trade goods… read more here.

Should we pay Zakaah on agricultural machinery?

Question 15: I hope that you would be able to provide me with an answer regarding the amount of Zakaah (Obligatory charity) that must be paid on crops. Should I include the value of the equipment (used in agriculture) for the first year only, or for every year that I estimate it?

Answer: Zakaah is obligatory on all that is eatable of fruits and seeds when they reach [in amount] the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due), which is five Wasaqs… read more here.

Is it permissible to give Zakaah due on the palm trees of Al-Barhee as unripe dates?

Question 14:  Sometimes the dates of Barhee palms exceed the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) and some people like to eat unripe dates. Therefore, should we give its Zakaah and distribute it to the poor as unripe dates or should we leave it until it ripens and give Zakaah as ripe dates? Could you kindly advise us in this regard?

Answer: It is permissible to give Zakaah as unripe dates from the palm trees of Al-Barhee and suchlike because it is edible… read more here

Zakaah on palm trees planted at home and on Al-Barhee palm-trees

Question 13: A number of date palm trees are planted in our houses in Al-Qaasim district. The amount of dates exceeds the prescribed Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due). While in some houses, these trees are irrigated by drinking water, in other houses they are irrigated by means of machines. An amount of these dates is eaten, another distributed to relatives and a third stored. No Zakaah is paid for these dates. Please tell us whether Zakaah is due or not.

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned, Zakaah is due at a rate of half the tenth of the dates (5%) because the trees are irrigated by means of a machine… read more here.

If sheep grazes in barley and wheat before they ripe, should Zakaah be paid on them?

Question 12: A farmer grows barley or wheat and after harvest, he sells it. Who should pay Zakaah (obligatory charity)? A farmer plants barley or wheat and when it grows, he sells it. Who should pay Zakaah? A farmer grows barley or wheat and lets sheep graze on it, should he pay Zakaah? If not, who should pay it?

Answer: As for the first case, Zakaah is due on the seller, while in the second one there is no Zakaah at the time of selling… read more here.

A farmer plants barely or wheat and when it grows, he sells it. Who should pay Zakaah?

Question 11: A farmer grows barley or wheat and after harvest, he sells it. Who should pay Zakaah (obligatory charity)? A farmer plants barley or wheat and when it grows, he sells it. Who should pay Zakaah? A farmer grows barley or wheat and lets sheep graze on it, should he pay Zakaah? If not, who should pay it?

Answer: As for the first case, Zakaah is due on the seller, while in the second one there is no Zakaah at the time of selling… read more here.

Who should pay Zakah due on grains; the seller or the buyer?

Question 10: A farmer grows barley or wheat and after harvest, he sells it. Who should pay Zakaah (obligatory charity)? A farmer plants barley or wheat and when it grows, he sells it. Who should pay Zakaah? A farmer grows barley or wheat and lets sheep graze on it, should he pay Zakaah? If not, who should pay it?

Answer: As for the first case, Zakaah is due on the seller, while in the second one there is no Zakaah at the time of selling. Lastly, there is no due Zakaah unless there are some grains left in the cultivated land, and as such, they should be left until they are ripe and… read more here.

The Saa`(measure) used by the Messenger of Allaah

Question 9: What was the amount of a Saa` in handfuls as was used by the Messenger (peace be upon him)?

Answer: What has been verified for us regarding the Prophetic Saa` is that it is four handfuls of a moderate-sized man. This is what was mentioned by some Muslim scholars such as Ibn al-Atheer in his book Al-Nihaayah and Al-Fayruzabadee in his book Al-Qaamoos… read more here

Zakaah due on grains and rice

Question 8: What is the minimum possible Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) on grains, rice and so on? How much of them should be given for a person who deserves Zakaah (obligatory charity)?

Answer: Nisaab of Zakaah on grains such as wheat, barley, corn, and rice is five Wasqs (1 Wasq = 60 Saa`s =130,320 kg), where a Saa` is equal to four Mudds (a dry measure of half bushel, 543 grams) according to the measuring of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and it is also equal to four hundred and… read more here.

Zakaah on grains and fruits

Question 7: What is the minimum possible Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) on grains, rice and so on? How much of them should be given for a person who deserves Zakaah (obligatory charity)?

Answer: Nisaab of Zakaah on grains such as wheat, barley, corn, and rice is five Wasqs (1 Wasq = 60 Saa`s =130,320 kg), where a Saa` is equal to four Mudds (a dry measure of half bushel, 543 grams) according to the measuring of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and it is also equal to four hundred and… read more here.

Zakaah on rabbits

Question 6: How should I pay Zakaah on rabbits if I buy, breed and sell them?

Answer: Zakaah is due on rabbits that are used in trade if their value reaches the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) on their own or by being added to other objects on which Zakaah is due and after a year passes… read more here.

Is Zakaah due on Horses?

Question 5: Some wealthy people buy purebred  expensive horses which might cost thousands of dinars a horse, for the purpose of joining horse races and winning prizes. Is Zakaah (obligatory charity) due on these horses? What is their Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due)?

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, that they are bought for keeping, not trading in them, there is no Zakaah due on them, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: No Zakaah is due on the slave or the horse of a Muslim. (Agreed upon its authenticity by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim). It was authentically reported that Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: A horse may be kept for one of three purposes: for a man it may be a source of reward; for another it may be a means of living; and for a third it may be a burden (a source of committing sins)…. read more here.

Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) on cows

Question 4: A man owns twenty cows as an investment to sell their milk in the market. He wants to know if Zakaah is due on these cows.

Answer: If the cows are not intended to be sold, then no Zakaah is due on them, unless they meet two conditions:

Firstly, if they are grazing freely. Secondly, if they reach the Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due), and the Nisaab for cows is thirty. If the cows are intended for sale, Zakaah is due on them when they reach the Nisaab or are more than that… read more here.

Is Zakaah due on these animals and birds that are not for sale?

Question 3: We have camels, sheep, cows, and different types of birds on our farm that we raise for personal use, not for sale. We sometimes sell some of those that are of no use, such as the old ones. It should be mentioned that these animals never graze freely, but they eat the provender we buy for them from the market or the farm produce. Is Zakaah due on these animals and birds?

Answer: No Zakaah is due on livestock, such as cows, camels, and sheep, or birds that are raised as property or for eating and not for sale, as long as they are not grazing freely and not for sale… read more here.

Does being in debted exempt one from paying Zakaah?

Question 2: I borrowed 300,000 riyals from the Real Estate Development Fund in order to reconstruct my house where my family and I live. Because I own part of the building, I receive some money as rent from it and I pay the Zakaah due on this money every year. Please clarify whether I should subtract the loan from the amount of money upon which I pay Zakaah,or whether the loan is not regarded as a debt and thus I must add it to the sum upon which Zakaah is due. Please inform me what I should do to act accordingly.

Answer: The correct opinion of Muslim scholars is that it is irrelevant to the calculation of Zakaah whether the money is from a debt or not. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to send his representatives to collect the Zakaah and estimate the amount of fruit to be paid in Zakaah… read more here.

Ruling on the Muslim who refuses to pay Zakaah (the lunar “charity”)

Question 1: What is the ruling on a man/woman who testifies that there is no God but Allaah and offers the Salaah (prayer), but does not pay the Zakaah? As this person refuses to pay the Zakaah, should Funeral Prayer be offered for them when they die?

Answer: Zakaah is one of the pillars of Islaam and if one gives it up, denying that it is obligatory, then its rulings should be explained to them. If however they still refuse to pay the Zakaah, they are considered to be a disbeliever and after they die, Funeral Prayer should not be offered for them nor should they be buried in the Muslim graveyards. However, if one abandons paying Zakaah out of miserliness while… read more here.