A person who bought a plot of land with the intention of selling it, but he did not sell it, does he have to give Zakat on it.

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Assalam Alaikum, 

I have a question on Zakat payment. 

I Purchased a plot few years ago with the intention of selling it after few years. 

However unfortunately due to some legal issues the plot price has deprecated so we have decided to not sell it until we get a decent price. 

Please let me know if we have to pay zakat on it. 




In principle, if one buys a plot of land with the intention to re-sell the land and a lunar year passed, then Zakat will be compulsory on the land according to his personal financial situations and according to the overall laws of Zakat.[i]

However, if one changed his intention and decided not to sell the land at all, then there wont be Zakat on the land.

And Allah Ta‘āla Knows Best

Mehrazur Rahman

Student Darul Iftaa

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[i] (حاشية ابن عابدين، ج ٢، ص ٢٧٢، أيج أيم سعيد)

قَوْلُهُ فَنَوَى بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ خِدْمَتَهُ أَيْ، وَأَنْ لَا يَبْقَى لِلتِّجَارَةِ لِمَا فِي الْخَانِيَّةِ عَبْدُ التِّجَارَةِ: إذَا أَرَادَ أَنْ يَسْتَخْدِمَهُ سَنَتَيْنِ فَاسْتَخْدَمَهُ فَهُوَ لِلتِّجَارَةِ عَلَى حَالِهِ إلَّا أَنْ يَنْوِيَ أَنْ يُخْرِجَهُ مِنْ التِّجَارَةِ وَيَجْعَلَهُ لِلْخِدْمَةِ

(تنوير الابصار مع الدر المختار، ج ٢، ص ٢٦٧، سعيد)

و شرط حولان الحول و ثمنية المال كالدراهم و الدنانير والسؤم و نية التجارة في العروض،

(وكذا في بدائع الصنائع، ج ٢، ص ٣٩٥، دار الكتب العلمية)

 وكذا في خلاصة الفتاوى، ج ١، ص ٢٣٥، امجد اكیڈمی لاھور) 

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