Zakaat for non baligh children;provident fund

Question ID: 28441

As salaam mualaykum

My questions relates to Zakaat.

1. I have four children – aged 6, 8, 10 and 12, ( 12yr old is Baaligh) and have invested monies for them in “sharia compliant funds. My question is must i pay zakaat on behalf of all four children or only on behalf of my 12yr old daughter as she is baaligh.

2. My wife stopped working about 13 years ago, and had transferred her pension monies into a provident fund. She has not cashed this provident up – the money is still with the investment company. As she does not earn, must she pay zakaat on this amount, and if she has to , can i pay it on her behalf, or give her money to pay it.

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Asked on September 14, 2008 12:00 am
Private answer

1) You may pay on your Baligh daughters behalf by taking permission to do so and informing on doing so.

2) Pay on the current value of the investment. You can pay on her behalf by taking permission to do so and then telling you did so, from your money or tell her to pay from her own money.

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Answered on September 14, 2008 12:00 am