Should I Pay Zakah for the Gold I Wear?

13 November, 2017
Q As-salaamu `alaykum. I have some jewelry that exceed the nisab (zakatable amount), but I rarely wear them, just on occasions. Do I have to pay zakah for that? If yes, how much should I pay? Jazak Allah Khairan.

Answer

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa rahmatullahi 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:

According to some jurists, the gold worn by women is not subject to zakah, as long as it is not for storing or trading.


In his response to your question, Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf, Professor of Islamic Finance and Economics at Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, states:

If you wear jewelry for their occasion, they are not subject to zakah provided they are not highly expensive relative to your family and peers.

It goes without saying that jewelry is not worn every day. Of course, it has occasions to wear and that is its use. It is like clothes; you don’t use all your clothes every day.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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

 

About Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf
Dr. Monzer Kahf is a professor and consultant/trainer on Islamic banking, finance, Zakah, Awqaf, Islamic Inheritance, Islamic estate planning, Islamic family law, and other aspects of Islamic economics, finance, Islamic transactions (Mu'amalat). Dr. Monzer Kahf is currently Professor of Islamic Finance & Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey