Paying years of zakaat

Question ID: 25936

As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

Dear Mufti Saheb

May Allah SWT bless you in abundance for the good work that you do. Please can you assist me with a masala relating to zakaat?

My mother had received gold jewellery as a gift from my paternal, step grandmother many years ago. The correct date cannot be determined as my grandmother has passed on and mother cannot remember in exactly which year it was given to her, but she thinks it was sometime in 1985. Zakaat has never been paid on these specific jewellery items as it was sent away for safekeeping and probably forgotten about. We now want to settle the outstanding zakaat for the past 27 years, but we are not sure how to go about it. Does zakaat have to be paid on the current value of the jewellery for every year since 1985, or do we have to obtain gold prices since 1985 and pay on those values? Also, does the payment of the zakaat have to be a lump sum amount or can it be paid off in monthly instalments?

Please assist if you are able to.

I apologise for taking up your valuable time with such trivial matters. Please forgive me.

Jazakallahu Ahsanul Jazaa

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Asked on November 29, 2012 2:14 am
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When it was sent for safe-keeping and forgotten then she had no control or Right of control on it. Although she was the owner but she had no possession of it. From the time she has possession, control and Right of distribution then she has to give Zakaat on it. Gold has to be valued as per 'Current market related value' pricing.
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Answered on November 29, 2012 2:14 am