Q. Last year in Ramadaan, I had R8000 in my account and paid Zakaat on it 2.5%. I did not use this money during the course of the year and I had also accumulated
another R5000 between last Ramadaan and this Ramadaan. Can I just pay Zakaat on R5000 because I already paid Zakaat on the 8000 last year or do I have to pay Zakaat on the full R13000?
A. When calculating Zakaat every year, you will consider what you currently have saved up to be subject to Zakaat. Thus, even if you had paid Zakaat on R8000 last
year, this will not absolve you from paying on this amount again since you have this amount in your possession. When calculating Zakaat this year, if you have R13000
to your name, you will pay Zakaat on R13000.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed