Zakah calculations.

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My question is that I have gold & money equal to $4000 for more than a year & it is obviously greater than this year`s Nisab of $2500. I want to know that whether I have to pay Zakah on total or only on excess amount after Nisab`s value. Or I may ask it as 2.5% Zakah on total i.e. $4000 or 2.5% Zakah on the money after Nisab`s value i.e. $4000 - $2500 = $1500.



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Zakah calculations

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If Allah Subhanah has blessed one amongst His slaves with sustenance more than the value of the ‘nisaab’, and the believer has those assets with him for a period of one full lunar calendar year….then the believer is liable to pay annual ‘zakah’ on the value of his full assets ($4,000.00 in this case) at the rate of 2.50%. 


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