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1 1.0. What is Zakat (Alms)?
2 2.0. What is the meaning of Zakat?
3 3.0. Why should I pay Zakat?
4 4.0. What if I don't pay Zakat?
5 5.0. Why is paying Zakat beneficial for me in this world?
6 6.0. Why is paying Zakat beneficial for me in the hereafter?
7 7.0. What about the Zakat that I have not paid over the years?
8 8.0. Who is required to pay Zakat?
9 8.1 What is the Principle of Joinder of Acquisition in the Same Class during the Lunar year?
10 9.0. Who is entitled to receive Zakat?
11 9.1. Who cannot be given Zakat?
12 9.2. Miscellaneous
13 10.0. When is Zakat due?
14 11.0. What are the important principles in identifying assets subject to Zakat?
15 12.0. What kinds of things require paying Zakat on them?
16 12.1. Gold and Silver
17 12.2. Cash
18 12.3. Stocks
19 12.4 Mutual Funds
20 12.5. Stock Options
21 12.6. Business Merchandise Inventory
22 12.7. Private Companies, Corporations and Partnerships
23 12.8. Retirement Plans (401K, IRA, etc.)
24 12.9. Real Estate Investments in Property Owning Companies
25 12.10. Accounts Receivable
26 12.11. Profits from Investments
27 12.12. Trusts
28 12.13. Long-Term Insurance (Life Insurance)
29 12.14. Lump Sum Payments in Terms of Compulsory Pension and Provident Funds
30 12.15. Severance Package
31 12.16. Income Tax
32 12.17. Liabilities which may be deducted
33 12.18. Buried Precious Metals or Minerals (Rikaz)
34 12.19. Livestock, Animals, Cows, Sheep, Camels
35 12.20. Agricultural Produce
36 13.0. What kinds of things do not require paying Zakat on them?
37 13.1. The Money that does not reach the amount of Nisab
38 13.2. Servants, Horses, Mules and Donkeys
39 13.3. Any Property that is not used for Business Purposes
40 13.4. Products not of productive nature
41 13.5. Deposits and Pledges
42 13.6. Other assets exempt from Zakat
43 14.0. How should I Calculate Zakat?
44 15.0. What is the method of giving Zakat?
45 16.0 How is Zakat to be distributed?
46 17.0 How does Hidaya Foundation distribute Zakat?
47 References

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