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Is Zakat obligatory on a female widow?

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My mother is a widow, and she has gold beyond nisab. Is it due on her to pay zakat on gold, being a widow?

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

Answer

Zakat is compulsory upon a person who possesses the quantum of nisab (i.e. 612.35 grams of silver or 87.47 grams of gold or currency, wealth equivalent to that amount) for a complete lunar year; which is over and above his basic needs and also free from debts. (Raddul Muhtar p.5 v.2)

With regards to your question, zakat is obligatory upon those who possess the quantum of nisab, irrespective of whether one is a widow or not.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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