I sold my plot 4 months back as some property dealer suggest me to keep rolling your plot (money) instead of keeping it for a longer period. My clear intent to build a house as i don't have my own one. I agreed and handover the plot to him. He is now buying/selling plot on my behalf and tell me if I get profit on any sale/purchase. My question is that do i have to pay zakat on that as I don't have any other intent with that money. I am even good at keeping a plot and build a home later own. But currently dealer is doing sale/purchase with that money. Kindly guide, I am confused now.
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According to Ustadh Salman Younas from Seekershub:
Zakat is payable on trade commodities. For something to be considered a trade commodity, a clear and firm intention of it being so needs to be present at the time that good is purchased. If one purchased the good without the intention of it being a trade commodity, Zakat would not be due upon it, even if the intention was changed later on. [Sarakhsi, Mabsut; Kasani, Bada`I al-Sana`I; Haskafi, Durr al-Mukhtar]
Thus, land bought with the primary intention of being a trade good at the time of purchase would be considered a zakatable-asset.
You didn't primarily buy it for that purpose so zakat was not due but now you have the amount so you need to give zakat on it and further if you buy a land it depends on your intention too.
Sayyiduna Samura ibn Jundub (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that “the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) used to command us to pay Zakat of those items that were for sale.” (Sunan Abu Dawud)
Also see this http://islamqa.org/hanafi/daruliftaa/8561.
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