Is zakat payable on rental income as well as on the share of property that is owned?

Q: 1 Can you please confirm that zakat is payable on rental income as well as the share of property that is owned. For example, if the annual rental income is £15,000 and the annual mortgage payment is £12,000, is zakat due on the difference (£3000 in this example) if the person hasn’t spent any money from rental […]

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If I own land in a foreign country on which a house is currently being built which will be rented out, is there any Zakat to be paid currently?

Q: If I own land in a foreign country on which a house is currently being built which will be rented out, is there any Zakat to be paid currently? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: There is no Zakat payable on the land.

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Is it necessary for Zakat to be allocated and spent within 1 year of receiving the donation?

Q: What is the time-period for dispensing Zakat? Is it necessary for Zakat to be allocated and spent within 1 year of receiving the donation? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakat should be distributed as soon as possible.  If there are procedural delays in the PROPER discharge of zakat which includes proprietary […]

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For zakat purposes, how might we interpret ‘fi sabeelillah’ in the modern context?

Q: How might we interpret fi sabeelillah in the modern context? Could this include campaigning or advocacy activities – for example, raising awareness about Islamic teachings on poverty issues, dispelling misperceptions about Islam, speaking out on international justice issues etc. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Whilst the literal meaning of fi sabilillah […]

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How can I subtract oustanding debts from my zakatable assets when the exact amount is unknown?

Q: I would like to find out what I should do in a situation where in I owe money to a few organisations but I don’t know how much as I owe this money was due years ago, do I take a rough calculation and subtract it from the nisab? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه […]

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Is the debtor considered poor, and thus eligible to Zakāt funds?

Q: Is the debtor considered poor, and thus eligible to Zakāt funds?    الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: If the individual’s non-essential items do not cover the qualifying debts or do not reach the nisāb after covering qualifying debts then that person is considered poor and is eligible to receive zakāt.  It […]

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Q: Is the responsibility of Zakat a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives?

Q: Is the responsibility of Zakat a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: Zakat is strictly a personal obligation.  Even in jointly owned wealth the obligation of zakat remains personal.  Thus, if a husband and […]

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What is the Shari’ah position with regards to zakah on Diminishing Musharaka home purchase plans?

Q: What is the Shari’ah position with regards to zakāh on Diminishing Musharaka home purchase plans? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: Under the Diminishing Musharakah home purchase plan, the client again incurs a debt only to the extent of the outstanding monthly rental payments subsequent to his use of the […]

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Please explain which descendants of the Holy Prophet Muhammad are not allowed to receive zakah?

Q: Please explain which descendants of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s)are not allowed to receive zakāh? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: It is actually not the descendants of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s)that are prohibited from receiving Zakat but rather certain descendents of Banu Hashim of whom the Holy Prophet […]

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Do I pay zakah on an investment from which I get no return, but whose value rises?

Q: Do I pay zakāh on an investment from which I get no return, but whose value rises? I had about £51,300 on which I paid zakāh this year which left me with about £50,000. I then invested that £50,000 into a company. So now I own 5% percentage of that company. I am not […]

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Is it permissible to use Zakat to fund qard hasan, microfinance initiatives or invest into waqf projects?

Q: Is it permissible to use Zakat to fund qard hasan, microfinance initiatives or invest into waqf projects? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is not permissible to use zakat to fund qard hasan, microfinance initiatives or invest into waqf projects as none of these avenues satisfy the requirement of proprietary transfer […]

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Why does one need to pay Zakat on a pension plan if one does not get access till later?

 Q:  I have recently setup a SI pension plan account where I can manage the investment but the principal and the gains are not available to me till the age of 55. Is the investment value still zakatable in the years leading up to age 55?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: […]

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