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Wife’s Zakâh obligations independent of husband’s finances.

Published: 27/08/2011 09:18:00 AM GMT
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If a woman possesses wealth in excess of the nisâb and her husband has a loan which he is paying with interest on installment, is the woman responsible to pay the Zakâh on her wealth (she is a housewife) or is her husband responsible to pay her Zakâh on her behalf or are both of them exempt to due to his loan?


Answered by

Sheikh Sulaymân al-Tuwayjirî

It is obligatory on the woman who possesses money to pay her own Zakâh. She must know that in Islamic Law, she is the one responsible for managing her own personal finances. If the money in her possession is enough to make her liable to pay Zakâh, then she must pay it.

For money, she is liable to pay 2.5%. If she possesses $10,000, for instance, she is liable to pay $250.

Her husband’s finances have nothing to do with her’s, so his debt has no affect on her Zakâh.

Source: Islam Today




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