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Zakat On Money Of The Child. by Taamas111 (f): 5:22pm on January 12
Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.

Assalaamualaikum. Is zakat due upon
children who have been receving gifts of
money and jewellery since birth or have
inherited wealth? If not at what age do
children pay zakat and if children are not of
legal age (which is 18 yrs in my country -
Trinidad and Tobago) to conduct financial
dealings can their parents do the needful on
their behalf?

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.

According to the correct opinion of the
jurists and the view of the majority of the
scholars, may Allah have mercy upon all of
them, it is an obligation to pay Zakah on the
money (or wealth) of the child if it meets the
conditions of paying Zakah. This is whether
the money which the child obtained is a gift,
or inheritance or else, and whether the
money is cash money, or gold and silver, or
other items that are liable for Zakah. It is an
obligation to pay Zakah on all of them if the
conditions (of paying Zakah) are met.
Moreover, it is the guardian of the child who
should pay the Zakah on his behalf.

Finally, it should be noted that according to
the view of the majority of the scholars
there is no Zakah at all on the jewelry
that is prepared for permissible use.

Allah Knows best.


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