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Zakaah of a 16 year old

Fatwaa ID: 1782

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I hopw you’re doing well mufti saheb.
I have some questions regarding zakat.

  1. If u are 16 or 17 year’s old and u make money is zakat fardh upon you
  2. Since I lead taraweeh this years like the Ramadan that juat went and i got money from family and friends and the masjid for leading taraweeh as a reward and the money that i got its above the value of nisaab. So would i have to give zakat on that after one year. Also the money i got my father took it and then he gave it my cousins as for eidi after which there were still some money left that were abovr the value of nisaab and now that money is lost like i didn’t get it after when my father took it from me and he said he dosent know where it went so would i have to give zakat on the momey i got for leading taraweeh.
  3. If i get watches and clothes as gifts and i do not intend to sell them would i have to give zakat upon them. Also if I tell my sister to buy me a watch cause i dont have money and she buys me a watch do i have to give zakat upon that too (i also dont intend to sell this one too) جزاك الله

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

  1. In principle, zakaah is obligatory on every sane baaligh Muslim who possesses the quantum in zakaatable assets on his annual zakaah date. A person who is 16 or 17 is Islamically mature and considered an adult. His zakaatable assets will be subject to zakaah provided that he has the nisaab amount on his zakaah date. He does not have to be working for zakaah to be obligatory. One’s employment status is not considered when determining zakaah liability, rather one’s assets are considered.
  2. At the outset, it is impermissible to accept a payment or remuneration for leading Taraaweeh Salaah only. You must make istighfaar for the past and make a firm intention to refrain from it moving forward.
    Nevertheless, in the enquired situation, you will include any amount of it that you have on your zakaah date to your zakaah calculation. It is not necessary that you maintain every dollar for an entire year. Rather, you must maintain the nisaab amount at the beginning and the end of the year to be liable. Thus, on your zakaah date, you will add together all your zakaatable assets, including that with you received recently. Any amount that you have already spent or no longer possess will not be included. It should be noted that one’s pocket cash, spare change, bank balance, savings, etc., are all zakaatable assets and must be added to the zakaah calculation.
  3. No to both of your questions. Personal watches, clothes, etc., are not zakaatable assets.

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

03/11/1445 AH – 09/27/2023 CE | AMG1-3470

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