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I Have an Income but I Never Possess the Nisab. Should I Pay Zakat?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Assalam aleykum I have learned that nisab is the amount of wealth that one has kept for one lunar year. What do you do if you never have that? Is one then exempt from paying zakat? Answer: assalamu alaykum In order for zakat to be obligatory upon an individual, […]

Can I Follow the Zakatable Minimum (Nisab) of Gold to Pay My Zakat?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam ‘aleykum, 1) Which nisab should I use for my Zakat? On (e-nisab.com) there are 3 nisab values: Gold, Silver, and Hanafi. Can I follow the zakatable minimum of gold? 2) I haven’t paid attention to nisab and how much wealth I possessed for the past few years. How […]

Is Zakat Due When My Mortgage is Greater Than My Assets?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: When I calculated all my assets my liabilities are greater due to my house mortgage payment.  In this case, zakat is due on me? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah. A house mortgage is considered a long-term debt. […]

Do We Pay Zakat on Gold If We Don’t Own the Nisab (Minimum Zakatable Amount)?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I’m confused on zakat regarding my wedding rings. I have read that to be liable to pay zakah on gold you must have the nisab which is about 85 grams. So i went to weigh my rings and its only 6 grams. Does the market value of the gold […]

Can Students of Islamic Knowledge Be Recipients of Zakat?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: For students who want to travel to study Arabic and Islamic studies so that they can become an Imam or serve the Muslim community with their knowledge, can they be recipients of Zakat? If yes, does the Zakat only go to their direct studies such as classes and […]

Distribution of Gold and Zakat

Question: A mother owns more than the nisab amount of gold, but has been keeping many of the gold items with her daughters’ weddings/adulthood in mind. If she simply distributes the gold items amongst her daughters before their weddings, and thus none of the ladies of the house now own a nisab amount of gold, […]

Paying Zakat vs. Paying Off a Debt

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I have some jewellery which meets the nisab of zakat. However, I also have a credit line loan. Last year, when I calculated the zakat on jewelry it came out to be around $800.   My credit line loan is $7,000. Am I obligated to give the $800 […]

Zakat Questions: Resetting Start Date, Miscalculations, and Debt Deduction

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in the best of health and states. (Q1) I converted to Islam on May 6, 2009. I already met the nisaab amount at the time. However, as I did not know enough about zakat and Islam in general at the […]

How Do You Determine How Much You Pay for Zakat When You Constantly Receive New Wealth During the Year?

Answered by Sidi Tabraze Azam Question: If one has to pay Zakat today for example, though has received more gold throughout the year, does one give Zakat on the total of the gold at hand at the time of when Zakat is due or does one calculate one year from the “new” gold is received? […]

The Nisab for Sadaqat al-Fitr

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I was wondering what the amount of nisaab (hirman zakaat) needed to be reached for sadaqah al-fitr is in dollars? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in the best of health and faith. Based on today’s market value of gold (7/13/2011), the nisab amount […]