Zakaat on inheritance funds

Category: 

Zakaat & Charity

According to Madhhab: 

Hanafi

Reference: 

1440-548

Question: 

My
father passed away few years ago.

His estate included gold coins, jewellery and cash.....

My question is with regards to zakaat and inheritance.

All the heirs and executives had knowlegde of his assets...note...these were
NOT frozen by the state ...access was available from day one.

Due to a deliberate delay...if I only receive a gold coin today...is zakaat due
from the day I receive.(..which can be anytime in the future)....or from date
of death...

I have heard that on death...the heirs become shareholders in the estate
immediately.


Answer: 

Zakaat is only due on you when you receive your share of inheritance, and will not be payable for the past years, even though the executors deliberately delayed the winding up of the estate when funds were accessible.

For example; You pay Zakaat on the 1st of Ramadaan every year. Your father passed away let’s say 10 years ago. On the 1st of Dhul Hijjah this year you receive your share of inheritance. There is no Zakaat on the past 10 years. Yes, you will be required to pay Zakaat on the inheritance amount (if together with other Zakaatable assets equals to Nisaab) on the 1st Ramadaan next year. If you had spent all the inheritance funds before the coming of the next Ramadaan then such funds will be excluded from Zakaat.

AND ALLAH TA’ALA ALONE IN HIS INFINITE KNOWLEDGE KNOWS BEST
ANSWERED BY: Mufti Mohammed Desai 


CHECKED AND APPROVED BY: Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B 
Date: 17 Dhul Qa’dah 1440  English Date: 19 July 2019

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