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Does one have to spend on christian wife?

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As-salaam-alaikum. Am I responsible for paying Zakatul Fitr if my wife is Christian and I am Muslim? Also, do I pay Zakat on our wealth even though she is not Muslim? Is it acceptable for me to divide our wealth in half and pay Zakat on that half? 

 

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Does one have to spend on christian wife?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


 

Q-1: Am I responsible for paying Zakatul Fitr if my wife is Christian and I am Muslim?

The dues of zakah and zakat-ul-fitr are due only from Muslims. If ones wife is a Christian, then there is no zakat-ul-fitr due from her.

 

Q-2: Also, do I pay Zakat on our wealth even though she is not Muslim?

The zakah is due only from the believers, and there is no zakah on the wealth of the non-muslims, even if she is ones wife. Thus if your Christian wife has wealth of her own, she will not be liable to pay zakah on her wealth. But you must pay zakah on your wealth.

 

Q-3: Is it acceptable for me to divide our wealth in half and pay Zakat on that half? 

You are responsible as a believer to pay the full zakah on your excess wealth. It would not be acceptable or legal for you to divide the wealth that belongs to you in half and pay zakah on that; for in Islam your wealth is your wealth, and the wifes wealth is her wealth. You must pay zakah in full on the wealth that belongs to you.

 

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Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 


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