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How to calculate my Zakat

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3 simple steps to calculate your Zakat

Calculating your Zakat isn’t as difficult as you think. At NZF, we find that breaking your assets down into different categories makes the Zakat calculation process a whole lot easier.

We have broken down the calculation process into three simple parts so that you can calculate the Zakat you owe with ease:

Part A: Your Zakatable assets e.g. cash, savings, gold, silver, business assets etc

Part B: Your deductible liabilities e.g. outstanding bills, immediate debts/short-term debts

Part C: Your final Zakat calculation – this will give you your net assets

Whether you have to pay Zakat or not will be determined once you have calculated your net assets. You then need to see whether your net assets are equal to – or exceed – the Nisab threshold (this is the minimum amount that you must own to be deemed wealthy enough to pay Zakat).

We have devised a fantastic online calculator to help you calculate your Zakat in the most efficient way but if you’re not a fan of doing things online (after all, not all of us are!) you can download our Zakat guide here and calculate your Zakat the traditional way! With your pen and paper!

What are your Zakatable Assets?

What are your deductible liabilities

Liabilities are different to Zakatable assets, and they can be categorised as the following:

Evidence for how to calculate your Zakat

  • Abu 'Ubayd reports from Maymun ibn Mihran, that, "When Zakat is due, calculate the amount of money (on hand), add to it the value of the goods and the amount of debts on customers that you expect to be paid, make a sum of the total, deduct whatever debts you owe to others, and pay Zakat on the net amount." (Al-Amwal)
  • Al-Hasan al-Basri said, "When Zakat is due, one must add the amount of money on hand, plus the amount owed by others as outstanding, except the amount of hopeless debts, and pay Zakat on the total." [Source: Counting on our heritage understanding Zakat, page 16]

These two opinions differ in that one takes liabilities into account, and the other does not. This is one of the major differences that exists in general Zakat calculation.

The Hanafi, Hanbali and Maliki schools are in agreement that debts are deductibles. The Shafi’i school have a difference of opinion in their school.

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