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Is Zakah(obligatory charity) due on articles of merchandise even if they were stacked in the merchant`s stores for years?

Is Zakah(obligatory charity) due on articles of merchandise even if they were stacked in the merchant`s stores for years?

Answer:
Yes, Zakah is due on stored articles of merchandise even if they were stacked in the merchant`s stores for years because this is the way Islam has countered monopoly.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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