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    Question ID: 160829Country: India

    Title: How to calculate and pay zakah?

    Question: I and my wife are both employed. We both are sahib-e- nisab. Zakat is calculated as per total asset and then zakat is combined and given/distributed to the Islamic institutions and needy/poor persons as per the Islamic Shariah. Can we combined the zakah? Secondly, can one of us give more than the other without comprising on the total zakah calculated for both of us. i.e. total zakah of both of us is Rs. 1000, I contribute 700 while wife contribute 300 totaling 1000 of both of us, or she will give her own and I will give my own separately.

    Answer ID: 160829

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (Fatwa: 932/838/M=8/1439)


    If you mean by calculating zakah as per total assets that whatsoever you own such as residential house, house belongings etc and you pay zakah of all these things then be informed that there is no zakah on these things. Zakah is wajib only on gold, silver, money, business goods when it reaches up to the value of nisab. In the question mentioned above when both of you are sahib-e-nisab then separate zakah will be wajib on both of you. Whatsoever you (husband) own should calculate its fortieth part on the date of zakah and keep it separate while your wife should also calculate whatever she owns and keep its fortieth part separate. Then at the time of paying zakah you are free either combine both the amounts or pay your zakah separately; both the methods are correct. If the income of both of you is combined then pay the fortieth part of the total income. For example, if one thousand becomes the zakah of both of you then keep that one thousand separate so that you could give it to the needy ones. Zakah will also be paid if the husband paid seven hundred rupees to some needy person and the wife paid the remaining three hundred to someone.

    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India