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Alms Tax (Zakat) » The taxable limit (niṣāb) for gold

Ruling 1912. There are two niṣābs for gold.

1.
Twenty legal (sharʿī) mithqāls.(1) A legal mithqāl is eighteen nukhuds.(2) Therefore, when gold reaches the weight of twenty legal mithqāls – which is equivalent to fifteen common (ṣayrafī) mithqāls – and if the other conditions that were mentioned are fulfilled, one must pay one-fortieth [2.5%] – which is equivalent to nine nukhuds – as zakat. As long as gold does not reach this amount, zakat is not obligatory on it.
2. Four legal mithqāls, which is equivalent to three common mithqāls, meaning that if three [common] mithqāls are added to fifteen [common] mithqāls, one must pay zakat on the entire eighteen mithqāls, which is equivalent to one-fortieth [2.5%]; and if less than three mithqāls is added, he must pay zakat on only fifteen mithqāls [which was the first niṣāb mentioned above], and the extra is not liable for zakat. The same applies to every other addition, meaning that if three mithqāls are added, one must pay zakat on the entire amount; and if less than three mithqāls is added, the added amount is not liable for zakat.

(1) One legal mithqāl is equivalent to approximately 3.51 grams; therefore, twenty legal mithqāls is equal to approximately 70.2 grams.

(2) A nukhud is a measure of weight. One nukhud is equivalent to approximately 0.195 grams.
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