Zakah on Waqf

Q 1: A man granted his children some land, is it obligatory to pay Zakah (obligatory charity) on these grants? If so, should they pay it with arrears as from the date in which they received the land? Or should they only pay Zakah from the date when they became aware of its obligation? (Part No. 9; Page No. 334)

A: If the people who were granted these lands have dedicated them for trade, it is obligatory on them to pay Zakah from the date of dedicating the lands for trade; not from the date they received them and also not from the date that they became aware of such obligation. On the other hand, if they have not dedicated the land for trade but for building houses for themselves to live in or to rent, it is not obligatory to pay Zakah.