A house wife owns some gold on which Zakat is not applicable (less than the requirement e.g 22 kt 50 gm) and his husband also owns 24 kt of 50 gm gold.

Would we have to add both the husband and wife's gold then pay for Zakat? If not, what should we do?

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    Zakat is not obligatory on a married couple, but on an owner of a property of certain amount, and here we have two separate owners possessing their own property, with no partnership with each other in owning that. So, we don't add it, and rather only the owner having gold equal or more than the Nisaab is required to pay. Commented May 15, 2015 at 19:19
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    Possible duplicate of Is a woman's jewellery subject to Zakat? Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 20:16
  • @azam It is related but the OP additionally asks about Husband's gold. Also, the case of whether collective possession is to be considered or not.
    – user549
    Commented Nov 29, 2015 at 9:10

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Money Zakat "زكاة المال" is obligatory individually. It's not per family. So each person is held accountable on what he/she owns individually not on the total of what he has and what his wife has summed together.

The calculation method is as follows, the total value of monetary and precious holdings, like: precious metals, precious stones, etc..., for an individual is above the Zakat limit "النصاب" then that individual has to pay the Zakat on that money if he/she had it for 1 lunar calendar year. There is a dispute between Scholars on how to the 1 lunar calendar year is calculated in case the value owned went below the Zakat limit through the year and came back above before the end of the year.

The Zakat limit is 85 grams of pure gold (24K). To convert that to money, you could check the gold price in your country to know how much that is. And you have to do that for all the precious metals/stones owned as well to convert it and sum it.

The amount of Zakat is 2.5% of that money.

One last think to note and that's only applicable for women, if a woman owns any gold in the form of jewelry that she use frequently. She doesn't have to pay Zakat on that jewelry at all and it's not included in the calculation.


  • So, how does a typical family decide to whom does the gold ornament belong, when they usually say, it is "theirs"...??????? Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 11:54
  • I don't know. This is a hard question. If there is known share between the husband and the wife. Like 50%-50% then that would be easy.
    – jikolp
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 1:42

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