Fatwa: # 42228
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Date: 9th April 2019


Is Zakaat due on the Edible Gold Leaf?


 Assalamu alaikum. I just wanted to know about the edible gold leaf- does zakaat have to be paid on it and how does it work? Its an edible leaf of gold that goes on to desserts, food etc. Please advise. Jazakallah 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Gold leaf is gold that has been hammered into thin sheets by goldbeating and is often used for gilding. Gold leaf comes in a variety of karat values and shades that vary from yellow to silvery. [1]

Layering gold leaf over a surface is called gold leafing or gilding. The most commonly used gold is 22-karat yellow gold. Real, yellow gold leaf is approximately 91.7% pure gold. Silver-colored white gold is about 50% pure gold.

Edible gold leaf is a gold product that can be used to decorate food.

In principle, gold is an item that is always Zakaatable regardless of its form.

The value of the Gold leaf will be added to the total Zakaatable Nisaab at the end of the Zakaat lunar year, and Zakaat will be discharged accordingly. [2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best.

Muhammad I.V Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] Gold Leaf



الأصل للشيباني ط قطر (2/ 92)

وما كان من الدنانير والدراهم والفضة تِبْراً مكسوراً أو حُلِيًّا مَصُوغاً أو حِلْيَة [سيف] أو شيئاً مَصُوغاً  من ذلك في إناء أو مِنْطَقة أو دراهم مضروبة أو دنانير ففي هذا كله الزكاة إذا كان الذهب يبلغ عشرين مثقالاً، والفضة تبلغ مائتي درهم، وحال عليه الحول منذ يوم ملكه

قلت: أرأيت الرجل يكون له عشر  مثاقيل تِبْر ذهب أو دنانير مضروبة، ومائة درهم أو وزنها تِبْر فضة، هل عليه فيها زكاة؟ قال: نعم


المحيط البرهاني في الفقه النعماني (2/ 240)

الزكاة واجبة في الذهب والفضة، مضروبة كانت أو غير مضروبة، نوى التجارة أو، لا إذا بلغت الفضة مائتي درهم، والذهب عشرين مثقالاً، وإذا نقص نقصاناً لا يسيراً يدخل بين الوزنين لا تجب الزكاة إن كان كاملاً في حق غيره، هكذا ذكر القدوري في «كتابه» ، وهذا لأن الزكاة إنما تجب على المال، فيعتبر كمال النصاب في حقه، فإذا كان ناقصاً في حقه لا تجب الزكاة


بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع (2/ 16)

فَتَجِبُ الزَّكَاةُ فِيهَا سَوَاءٌ كَانَتْ دَرَاهِمَ مَضْرُوبَةً، أَوْ نُقْرَةً، أَوْ تِبْرًا، أَوْ حُلِيًّا مَصُوغًا، أَوْ حِلْيَةَ سَيْفٍ، أَوْ مِنْطَقَةٍ أَوْ لِجَامٍ أَوْ سَرْجٍ أَوْ الْكَوَاكِبِ فِي الْمَصَاحِفِ وَالْأَوَانِي، وَغَيْرِهَا إذَا كَانَتْ تَخْلُصُ عِنْدَ الْإِذَابَةِ إذَا بَلَغَتْ مِائَتَيْ دِرْهَمٍ، وَسَوَاءٌ كَانَ يُمْسِكُهَا لِلتِّجَارَةِ، أَوْ لِلنَّفَقَةِ، أَوْ لِلتَّجَمُّلِ، أَوْ لَمْ يَنْوِ شَيْئًا

وَهَذَا عِنْدَنَا


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