Is There Zakah on the Money of Elderly People?
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Is There Zakah on the Money of Elderly People?

Questioner

Maher

Reply Date

Mar 30, 2019

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. Some elderly people, both males and females, have large sums of money of which they are unaware. Is Zakah (obligatory charity) due on this money taking into account that the money adds up to 150 Riyals per month? Give us the ruling on this issue, may Allah reward you with the best.

Mufti

Answer


Is There Zakah on the Money of Elderly People?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

Those elderly people should be informed that they have sums of money saved up for them and that they have to pay Zakah on this money if it reaches the nisab.


Answering your question, The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’, issued the following fatwa:

Those elderly people should be informed that they have sums of money saved up for them and that they have to pay Zakah on this money if it reaches the nisab (the minimum amount on which Zakah is due) and a hawl (one lunar year calculated from the time a property reaches the minimum amount upon which Zakah is due) passes on it.

As for senile old people, those in charge of their money have to pay the Zakah due on it.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




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