Zakaat on gold owned by minor children
Q: I want to purchase gold ornaments (the gold weight is less than the nisab of the zakaat for each one of them) as gift for my daughters aged 10 years and 6 years old. Do I have to pay the zakaat on these ornaments?
If you purchase the gold for your two minor daughters. The gold will belong to them. Since they are not baaligh, zakaat is not compulsory upon them. After they become baaligh they will have to discharge the zakaat of the gold and other zakaatable assets (monies etc.) which are in their possession on condition that the wealth reaches the nisaab of zakaat.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
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