Does a Wife Who is not Working Have to Pay for the Zakat of her Gold

Fatwa ID: 04192

Answered by: Maulana Qadeer Ahmed Tariq

 

Question

Assalamualaikum. 
I am currently not working so do not have an income. I am married with children. I spend my time taking care of them. My husband works. I need to pay zakat as my gold is above nisab. My question is, how do I pay zakat if I have no money of my own OR should my husband pay this for me?

 

 

In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

 

Answer

 

Zakaat is wajib on a sane Muslim male and female as long as you have had the possession of the wealth for a year. See Hidaaya volume 2 page 3 and 4.

 

Whoever owns the minimum amount of gold (nisaab), namely 85 grams, and one full Hijri year has passed, is obliged to pay zakaah on it, by giving one-quarter of one-tenth (2.5%), whether that is paid from the gold itself or the equivalent after selling it, or from other wealth.

 

As you do not own any other wealth with which to pay the zakaah, you have to give the zakaah from the gold itself, or sell some of it and pay the zakaah. If someone (your father, brother, husband, etc) volunteers to pay zakaah on your behalf, that is permissible, and he will be rewarded for it.

 

 

Only Allah Knows best,

Written by Maulana Qadeer Ahmed Tariq

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah 

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

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