Zakah on rent or asset value.

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

My doubt is about payment of Zakath on a property.When my ancestral property sold out I got Rs,5 lakh as my share. I immediatly purchased another property which fetches Rs.2500/ rent per month. My doubt is whether I have to  pay Zakath for the amount of 5 lakh which I got as share from the ancestral property or I have to pay Zakath  only for total rent I received during that year.


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Zakah on rent or asset value

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‘Zakah’ is annually liable from every believer (man, woman, or child) whose net excess assets are above the prescribed ‘nisaab’ and have been in their possession for a period of one full calendar year.


The rent one receives (or does not receive) from one’s invested property is absolutely immaterial when determining the annual ‘zakah’; for ‘zakah’ is based on the net excess assets of each believer, not on one’s annual income.


If you have bought the flat for 5-lakhs, regardless of the annual rent you receive (or don’t receive) from this property, you would indeed be liable to pay ‘zakah’ on the market value of your flat at the end of each calendar year at the rate of 2.50%.


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