Do we have to give Zakaat on the dower amount as well?
If women have the dower (Mehr) given by their husbands whether as jewelry or as cash, then as that amount is the property of the women, if it meets the prescribed criterion including other forms of wealth and 1 year passes on it, then like the jewelry of the women, the Zakaat for this amount also is obligatory on the wife. If the husband gives money for payment of Zakaat, then Zakaat can be paid with that amount. This will be a form of kind treatment of the wife by the husband, as the Zakaat of the wife is not obligatory on the husband. If the husband doesn’t give any amount, then the wife has to pay the Zakaat in some other way. If nothing else, then the 40th part of the jewelry or amount must be given as Zakaat.