Zakah to be paid annually.

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Assalamu Alaikum


Dear Brother

I want to ask you about Zakat in Islam.

 I got my service benefits in year 2004.  Still I have the same money in the bank.

I do not invest the money yet.  I paid once Zakat for that amount.  Now still

the remaining amount is in the bank.  One of my friend is saying that I have to

pay every year zakat.  So is it necessary to pay every year zakat.


Please clear my doubts in the light of Quran and Sunnath.


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Zakah to be paid annually

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Beloved brother, your friend is indeed right for ‘zakah’ is an annual obligation upon every believer who possesses wealth above the prescribed ‘nisaab’ and has been in their possession for a period of one full calendar year.  One would indeed be liable to pay the obligatory zakah at the rate of 2.5% of their net excess wealth every year.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,








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