His question is he entitle to give zakat on cash in bank in India.

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I have one question regarding zakat:  Actually my friend asked me the following question, I am forwarding to you because I used to receive mails through my friend, question and answers about Aahadees, zakat, prayer (trawih) and too many points which we must know.


My friend have cash in bank, gold and some property in India and he is getting rent from his property also, he got loan from three Saudi banks almost the same if converted SR to Indian rupees, which he have cash in bank in India.


His question is he entitle to give zakat on cash in bank in India.


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Zakah calculations

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If the total nett worth of any believer is more than the prescribed ‘nisaab’ of 7.5 tolas of gold (app. 85 grams or app. Value US$1,000.00), then the person is liable to pay the obligatory ‘zakah’ of 2.5% on their net excess wealth which has been in their possession for a full calendar year.


Except for the house one actually lives in, the vehicle one drives or uses, the furniture and fixtures one uses in their daily lives, the value of everything else one owns will be considered net excess assets upon which the annual zakah of 2.5% would be due. 


Thus lets assume your friend has the following assets and liabilities:


Total Assets:

  1. Cash in bank in India = US5,000.00
  2. Current market value of gold and jewelry owned = US1,000.00
  3. Current market value of property owned in India = US$ 10,000.00.


Total Liabilities:

  1. Loan from bank in Saudi = US$5,000.00


Assuming the above are all the assets and the liabilities of your friend, his net excess assets would be:


US$ 5,000 + 1,000 + 10,000 – 5,000 = US$ 11,000.


Your friend will be liable to pay ‘zakah’ on his net excess assets of US$11,000.00 at the rate of 2.50% or US$ 275.00.


The monthly/annual rent or revenue one receives from one’s properties is absolutely irrelevant when determining ‘zakah’.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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