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Zakah on Gifts?

I was gifted gold on my wedding by my parents, husband and in-laws. I am not earning so I can not pay my Zakah on my own. I tried to give zakah as much as possible, from my husband’s salary. But I am unable to pay full zakah. Know I cannot sell the jewellery as I have to answer about it to those who gifted it to me. Help me in this regard.


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Dear sister, the gifts you have received are part of your wealth and if your property are more than the prescribed nisaab (85 grams of gold or appr value US$2,100.00) and have been in your possession for a full calendar year, then zakah is liable on it.

Dear sister, it is you who will be held responsible and accountable on the day of judgement for not paying the zakah on your property.

If you don't have the necessary cash to fulfil the zakah yourself, you should sell some portion of your property to fulfil your obligatory duty of zakah, the zakah in Islam lies on the person who actually owns the property. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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