Zakah on land.

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Dear Burhan,

Please kindly advice us according to ISLAM zakat is applicable to the open property land. not intend for selling the open plot.

 

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Zakah on land

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If the plot of land was bought for agricultural use, there is absolutely no ‘zakah’ levied in Shariah on the value of an agricultural land.  The annual ‘zakah’ of agricultural land is determined from the produce of the land; 10% of the produce as ‘zakah’ if the land is naturally irrigated by rain or an adjacent natural water supply, and 5% of the produce if artificial irrigation is used.

 

But if the plot of land is bought for any other purpose other than agriculture, be it as an investment, or to build a house, or a factory, or any other purpose whatsoever….it will be considered as one’s excess asset and one would be liable to pay 2.50% annually of the current market value of the land as ‘zakah’.

 

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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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