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Ruling of Zakat on land received as gift.


Aoa. I received a piece of land from father as a gift. This is empty piece of land with no income from it. I do not intend to establish home on this plot in foreseeable future. I may sell it in future incase i need cash etc. In some unforeseen circumstances. Shall i pay zakat on this every year or once at its selling price in case i sell it? The price of plot is almost constant due to its location.


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Ruling 1770. If a person acquires property without earning it – for example, he is gifted something – then, with the exception of the cases mentioned in the next ruling, he must pay khums on it provided that it exceeds his living expenses for one year.

Ruling 1771. Khums is not liable on the dowry (mahr) that a wife receives, nor on the property that a husband receives in exchange for a khulʿ divorce,(2) nor on blood money (diyah) that one receives. The same applies to the inheritance that one receives in accordance with those laws of inheritance that are considered valid. Therefore, if a Shia Muslim inherits property in another way, such as by taʿṣīb,(3) then the property is considered to be a gain and khums must be paid on it. Similarly, if a person inherits from an unexpected source that is neither from his father nor his son, then based on obligatory precaution (al-iḥtiyāṭ al-wājib) he must pay khums on the inheritance if it exceeds his living expenses for one year.

Zahra Davdani