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|Zakat to My Divorced Sister
I am wondering if I can give zakat to my sister. She has just recently seperated from her husband and although she has a full time job (well paying) she also has two children and she is going through financial hardship right now. She is in debt and having a hard time keeping up. Can I pay my zakat to her? How is it exactly calculated on my gold? I have gold from my wedding that I do not wear and don't know how much i have to pay?
Praise be to Allah.
Yes you may give it to your sister if she is really in need of this help to pay for her family expenses or her debts. I emphasize really in need.
Calculation is simple: estimate the market value if you want to sell the part that you do not use. And multiply this by 2.5%. This exercise must be done every year and Zakah is paid. A year means: 354 days from the day you acquired for the first time amount of Nisab and every 354 days then after.
And Allah knows best.
Dr. Monzer Kahf
Question Date: 2010-09-15
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