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f:444 -    Zakaat on wife
Country : India,
Name : Abdullah
Question:     A certain person has debts to pay and when he calculates, he finds that he cannot give Zakaat.  However, his wife has jewelry worth Rs. 3 lakhs.  Will Zakaat be Wajib on it?
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Answer:     The prescribed criterion of wealth for Zakaat is 60 grams 755 milligrams of gold or 425 grams 285 milligrams of silver or its equivalent amount.

When the jewelry is the property of the wife, she is responsible for the Zakaat of the jewelry.  Only because the husband is in debt, the Zakaat of the wife is not waived.  Thus, the wife should give the Zakaat with her own money or by taking the money from the husband or through any other way and give it to a needy person who is not a Syed, i.e. not a descendent of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Shaykh ul Fiqh, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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