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### Zakat Calculator

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Zakat is due on all cash--whether in one’s possession, in a bank account, in another currency, or with another person. Enter the value of your cash:
Zakat is due on all forms of gold according to its weight value. Make an estimate of the weight of your gold. (A jeweler can tell you the weight of your gold, or you can weigh it yourself if you have a scale.) Enter the weight of your gold:
Zakat is due on all forms of silver according to its weight value. Make an estimate of the weight of your silver. (A jeweler can tell you the weight of your silver, or you can weigh it yourself if you have a scale.) Enter the weight of your silver:
If shares are purchased as an investment to generate dividends, then Zakat is not due on these shares. [This is the position of the Islamic Fiqh Academy. Others suggest that Zakat is due on the net zakatable assets of the company, which they suggest calculating from the company’s annual balance sheet.] Zakat is, however, due on shares if they are acquired with the intention to resell. In such a case, Zakat is due on its full amount at current market value.
Zakat is not due on personal property or fixed assets, unless they are purchased for resale. Zakat is due on the income from a rental property and not on its market value. Enter the value of your property and fixed assets:
Because retirement plans are assets/money are owned, they are zakatable. However, Zakat will not be due until one has full access to the money, at which point Zakat is owed for all the past years (i.e., for each year one owned nisab or more).

Zakat is due on debts you are sure will be repaid to you, such as loans to friends and family. Zakat on debts can be deferred till repayment, for all years they were owed, or paid annually. Outstanding wages, unpaid dowry, inheritance, and trusts (other than bare trusts) are exempt from zakat. Enter the value of the debts owed to you:
If a business asset is purchased with a clear intention of resale, Zakat is due on it every year until it is sold. If it is purchased for other than resale or without a clear intention for resale, then no Zakat is due; if one sells it, Zakat would be due on the income generated from the sale if one has reached nisab.
Zakat is not due on personal possessions, such as clothing, cars, mobile phones, etc, unless they are purchased with the intention of resale. Nor is it due on occupational tools, such a mechanic’s tools, a taxi driver’s car, a researcher’s books and computers etc.
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For long-term debts (due after more than a year, such as mortgages, student loans, etc), it is best for only the next payment to be deducted from Zakat payments.
Enter the value of your next debt payments:
You may deduct your expenses for the upcoming month such as rent, fuel, bills, food, etc... One is not, of course, obligated to deduct upcoming expenses -- as not doing so is more beneficial to the poor and facilitates greater giving.

# 0Zakat Calculation includes 2.9% processing fee We add 2.9% to the total Zakat owed to cover the Credit Card/PayPal processing fees. This ensures that the recipients receive your Zakat amount in full. seekersguidance does not take any money for distributing Zakat.

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# Who has to pay Zakat?

Anyone who possesses a zakatable-minimum (nisab) or more in any form of wealth, such as cash, gold, silver, business stock, etc - or after combining any of them must pay Zakat if he possesses it for a lunar year. As soon as one possesses this amount, one’s Zakat year will start, and one will be obligated to actually pay Zakat once a whole year has passed if one still possesses an amount equal to or greater than the zakatable-minimum at the end of the year.

Fluctuations during the year are of no consequence unless one’s wealth diminishes to the point where one only has enough for his living expenses, in which case the year is nullified, and one starts again the next time he owns the value of nisab over and above his living expenses.

# What is the Zakatable Minimum (Nisab)? How is it calculated?

The value of nisab is the measure by which one decides if one pays Zakat or not. This is equivalent to the monetary value of 87.48 grams (6.61 ounces) of gold. If one posses this amount of zakatable wealth, above and beyond one’s upcoming debts and immediate expenses, then Zakat is due.

# How do I calculate my Zakat?

The basic understanding is that a person adds all assets together (cash, gold, silver, etc.) and then deducts all liabilities (immediately payable debts, living costs, bills, expenses etc.) from this amount. If the final figure is equal to or greater than the nisab, then 2.5% of it is due in zakat.

It is, of course, permitted, and praiseworthy not to deduct all liabilities, as it maximizes one’s Zakat – and results in greater benefit to the poor and greater reward for the giver.

# How much is Zakat?

The zakatable amount is counted from zakatable wealth and trade goods while excluding personal possessions (house, furniture, clothing, vehicles, etc.), upcoming debts, and immediate expenses.

So if one, for instance, has \$1000 more than the nisab but is in debt for \$1500, one does not have to pay zakat.

# A Full Illustration

The following is an example, and assumes a person has all types of assets. Someone who doesn’t have one category of assets, simply leaves it out when filling the form.

When calculating Zakat one first takes the value of the gold one possesses. Then one adds the value of silver, and all the cash he has.

If one has shares purchased for resale, one adds their (sales) value too. If one bought them without the intention of selling them on, but to benefit from their dividends, one adds the value of the dividends at that moment.

Then one adds the value of any rent from rental properties. Then one adds the value of any money lent to other people.

If one has a pension scheme one adds the value of the pension. (This is like a saving, and technically the Zakat has to be paid when one collects the money, but to avoid confusion and complications it is advisable to pay it every year one is over the nisab).

From this total figure, one subtracts one’s upcoming month’s expenses (rent, fuel, food, etc). One also subtracts the value of any immediate debts owed to others. (This is a debt which one needs to repay pay within a year.) It is, of course, permitted (and praiseworthy) not to deduct this, as it maximizes one’s Zakat – and results in greater benefit to the poor and greater reward for the giver.

If one has a long term debt like a mortgage, one can subtract the amount of the upcoming installment – but not any interest owed.

After all this, if the figure one is left with is equal to or greater than the current market value of 87.48 grams (6.61 ounces) of gold, one then pays 2.5% as zakat.

# A Few Examples

Example 1: The zakatable-minimum is \$2000. One possess \$1000 of cash, \$1500 of gold and silver, and \$2500 in trade goods then one’s total zakatable assets amount to \$5000 (supposing one has no money lent out, or stocks). However, one also has a debt of \$500 and immediate monthly expense amounts to \$500 also, which will be subtracted. Thus, the total zakatable wealth is \$4000. This is above the zakatable-minimum, so the obligation to pay Zakat will commence.

If one possessed this amount on the 1st of Rabi‘ al-Awwal then this is when the Zakat year starts. If then, for example, one possesses \$2500 on the 1nd of Rabi‘ al-Awwal of the next year, one will have to pay 2.5% of \$2500. Thus, what is taken into consideration is the amount one possesses above the zakatable-minimum at the end of one’s Zakat year. This is the amount Zakat is due upon.

Fluctuations during the middle of the year are of no consequence, unless one’s zakatable amount reaches zero. Only the beginning and end of the year are taken into account. One therefore has to possess a zakatable-minimal both at the beginning and at the end of one’s Zakat year.

Example 2: The zakatable-minimum is \$2000. One’s zakatable assets amount to \$3000. However, one also has \$500 of immediate expenses and a debt amounting to \$2000. Thus, the total zakatable wealth is \$500. This does not reach the zakatable-minimum and so no Zakat is due upon one. In such a case, one’s Zakat year does not even commence because one never possessed a zakatable-minimum to begin with.

Example 3: The zakatable-minimum is \$2000. One’s zakatable assets amount to \$4000. One has immediate expenses of \$500 and a debt amounting to \$1000. Thus, one subtracts this, and is left with a total zakatable wealth of \$2500. One possesses this amount on the 1st of Muharram. Since it is over the zakatable-minimum, the Zakat year starts on this date. On the 1st of Muharram the following year the total zakatable wealth, having decreased, amounts to \$1500. Since this is not equal to or more than the zakatable-minimum no Zakat will be due.

# What if my jewellery is made up of different materials (other than gold and silver)?

Zakat is not required on jewelry that is made of materials other than gold and silver, unless it was purchased with the intention of resale.

# What is the technical definition of Zakat?

“Transferring ownership of an amount of material wealth specified by the Lawgiver to a poor Muslim who is not Hashimi nor their client, without material benefit returning to the giver in any way, for the sake of Allah Most High.” [Tumurtashi, Tanwir al-Absar]

There are many important points understood in this definition:

1. It is a condition that there be a transferring of ownership. (Simply put: your Zakat has to be given). As such, it is not valid to forgive a debt someone owes you as zakat.

2. Zakat has to be given to the poor and needy. It is not valid to give Zakat for projects, mosques, and virtuous activity, unless the Zakat itself will be given to the poor and needy.

3. Zakat must be given to a Muslim. Unlike charity, it is not valid to give Zakat to a non-Muslim.

4. Zakat cannot normally be given to Hashimis (those from the family of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace).

5. The giver cannot materially benefit from giving zakat. As such, one cannot give Zakat to one’s parents, children, or spouse, because benefits between these people are shared.

# What is the difference between Zakat and Sadaqa?

Zakat is obligatory on anyone who meets the conditions and is payable once a year. Sadaqa is optional and can be paid at anytime.

Zakat is valued at 2.5% of your savings over a year, and must be paid to specific categories of individuals. Sadaqa can consist of any amount and can be given to organizations or mosques.

Eligible recipients include: the poor, the indigent (who possess less than the nisab), those with overwhelming debt, and travelers cut off from their wealth at home.

It cannot be given to non-Muslims, the wealthy, Hashimis (see definition above), and certain relatives (parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and spouses). It also cannot be used to pay off the debt of the deceased. [Shurunbulali, Ascent to Felicity]

One of the conditions of Zakat is that it entails a transfer of ownership to an individual; as such, we cannot use our Zakat to pay for the construction or support of Islamic institutions. Rather, this money goes specifically to the individuals listed above.

# How do I determine my Zakat anniversary?

Your Zakat anniversary is tied to a person’s owning the minimum balance (the nisab value). A person starts calculating the anniversary once they have gained this minimum balance, and must hold it for a year. Fluctuations during the middle of the year are of no consequence, unless one’s zakatable amount reaches zero. Only the beginning and end of the year are taken into account. One has to possess a zakatable-minimal both at the beginning and at the end of one’s Zakat year in order for Zakat to become obligatory.

# Can I Pay Zakat in installments?

Yes, as long as:

1. There is no undue delay, which is defined as more than one year, in paying the complete amount one owes in Zakat after it becomes obligatory, and

2. One intends, whether actually or effectively, paying Zakat upon disbursing each installment. [Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

# What do I do if I haven’t paid Zakat for previous years?

You owe Zakat one year after you first came into possession of more than the nisab amount (see e-nisab.com for historical values). If you do not know for sure when this happened, you should try to establish this date based on your best estimation. Perhaps looking into your bank records will help.

For example, if you accumulated your nisab after you started working, then think about how much you made per paycheck, and how much of that you normally spent versus how much you kept, and then calculate from that when you surpassed the nisab. Your first due-date for zakat, then, would be one lunar year from that date.

For the second year you would also deduct the amount owed as Zakat for the first year seeing as this is a debt owed to Allah.

# Do I I need to pay zakah on gold and silver jewelry that I use?

In the Hanafi school, Zakat is due on all gold and silver. In the Shafiʿi school, one can deduct jewelry that is worn from one's Zakat calculations.