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My sister is divorced. She has a 15 yrs old son. Her health is also not good. The only income resource that she has is property rental income, but not enough. So basically she is dependent on her 2 brothers and mother. She lives in Pakistan with one of her brothers in the family home. However, she has gold in her possession more than 87.48 grams. Please suggest and advice: 1) Is it obligatory on her to pay the zakat? 2) Does brothers give their zakat money to her?
Praise be to Allah.
Your sister is subject to Zakah on her investment (rental property) in addition to her gold jewelry. The market value of the rental property should be estimate, same also for jewelry and Zakah should be paid every lunar year at 2.5% and this is to be repeated ever y year.
If she lives in the family house with her mother and brothers, the brothers are responsible for her living expenses. They CANNOT GIVE HER THEIR ZAKAH AND THEY CANNOT CALCULATE WHAT THEY SPEND ON HER LIVING AS ZAKAH. The Zakah due on the investment property may be delayed until it’s sold without sin but must be calculated every year and recorded so that when it is sold you know all the accumulated amount. Zakah on jewelry should not be delayed because it is easy to liquidate.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Dr. Monzer Kahf
Question Date: 2011-08-06
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