Zakaah is Due on Savings
Fatwa No: 379973

  • Fatwa Date:29-7-2018 - Thul-Qi'dah 17, 1439
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Question

Assalamualaikum wrwbI have 50k SAR which I have to kept to buy a land in my native country for the purpose of rent. Is this to be considered for zakat?I have seen many fatwas where people owing many houses which they have left for rent is not zakatable for capital amount except the rent which they are receiving.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Zakaah must be paid for the amount mentioned, and the fact that you saved it to buy a land for the purpose of rent does not waive Zakaah as long as you possess it.

Once you purchase the land and started to rent it, then there is no Zakaah due on its value, and you only have to pay Zakaah on the revenue it generates.

In sum, you must pay Zakaah on the amount mentioned; 2.5% as soon as a lunar year elapses from the time you possess it, and if it reaches the Nisaab (the minimum amount one must pay Zakaah on).

Allah knows best.

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