Maunah | Islamic Laws by The Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei
Q 895: Someone has a personal library whose books he used for a while. For several years he has not used them, but it is likely that he may use them in the future. Does khums apply to the library in the period that he does not use the books? Is there a difference in respect of liability to khums whether the original purchaser of the books was he himself or his father?
A: If at the time of purchase he was in need of them for reading and reference, and their quantity was suitable for a person like him in the common view, then khums does not apply to the books even if he does not use them after the first year. Also they are not liable for khums if they were inherited or received as gift from parents or others.
Q 896: Is the gold a husband buys for his wife liable for khums?
A: If it is in a quantity normal for his social status in the common view it is counted as part of his annual expenses which are not subject to khums.
Q 897: Is khums applicable to the down payment made for purchasing books at the International Book Fair while the books have not been delivered yet?
A: If the books are needed by him and their quantity is normal for his social station as per common view, it is not liable for khums.
Q 898: A person owns a second piece of land, which he needs and is normal for his social status. However, he would not be able to build a house on it during his khums year or to complete the construction in one year. Is it subject to khums?
A: In respect to the piece of land which one needs to build a house on for living in, there is no difference between being one or several pieces of land or to building one house or several houses to be expected from khums. The criterion is the strict meaning of being in need for it/them in accordance with his social status as per common view and his financial ability for gradual construction.
Q 899: One has a complete set of dishes. For the whole set to be exempted from khums, is it sufficient to use some of them?
A: The criterion for exemption from khums for home appliances is the need for them in accordance with what is normal for ones social status in the common view even if they are not used for the entire year.
Q 900: A set of dishes or carpet is not used for the entire year but it is needed for guests, is it liable for khums?
A: It is not liable for khums as per the given question.
Q 901: Considering Imam Khomeinis (q.) verdict concerning brides trousseau which she takes to her husbands house at the time of wedding, what is the rule if it is customary in a certain region that the grooms family is responsible for providing the household furnishings and other necessities, which are procured gradually and over the course of some years?
A: If the procurement of furniture and future necessities is normally considered a part of their expenditure in the common view, it is not liable for khums.
Q 902: Does the use of one volume of a book set, such as an encyclopedia, exempt the entire set from khums, or is one required, for instance, to read at least one page of each volume?
A: If the whole set is needed, or if obtaining one volume requires buying the entire set, then it is not liable to khums; otherwise khums is obligatory for volumes that are not presently needed, and the mere reading of one page of each volume does not exempt them from khums.
Q 903: The medical insurance company has reimbursed the cost of medicines bought in the middle of the year from annual earnings, and if the medicines remain until the end of the khums year without becoming unusable, are they liable to khums?
A: If they were purchased to be used when needed and there is a good chance of using them, they are not liable to khums.
Q 904: A person does not own a house and saves money in order to pool sufficient funds for purchasing a house and the necessities of life, is it liable to khums?
A: The money which is saved from annual earnings is liable to khums at the years end if it is intended for future living expense unless it is saved for necessary living expenses in which case if it is to be spent shortly after the end of khums year, say several days, for the said purpose, it is not subject to khums.
Q 905: My wife weaves carpets and the capital involved in carpet weaving belongs to us. We obtained it through a loan, and only a part of the carpet has been woven till now while my khums year has already ended. Would khums be applicable to the portion that has been woven when the carpet is completed and sold if I intend to use its sale proceeds for household necessities? What is the rule regarding the capital?
A: After excluding the capital acquired on loan from the sale price ofcarpet, the rest would be considered part of the earnings of the year it is sold. Therefore, if it is spent for living expenses in the year the carpet is completed and sold, it will not be liable to khums.