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Breeding exotic birds and zakaah

Fatwaa ID: 1336

Assalamualaikum Mufti sb.

Similarly if one is breeding exotic birds, (african greys, macaws and some more common species, what is the ruling if one a similar set up at home breeding these birds for sale and using part of the income to sustain and maintain the current flock.

Jzk khair

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

There is no zakaah on birds kept for breeding, exotic or otherwise. Similarly, there is no zakaah on the chicks or broods therefrom that you eventually sell. The proceeds from the sales will be subject to zakaah like any other income, i.e., if any of it remains on your zakaah date then it will be added to your total calculation. Birds are not zakaatable wealth unless you purchase them with the intention of immediate resale, in which case they will be regarded as trade goods. Based on the details you have provided, this does not apply to you.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

12/05/1444 AH – 06/23/2023 CE | AMG3-3910

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