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Ḥuqúqu’lláh—The Right of God

  • Author:
  • Various

  • Source:
  • Compiled by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice, Bahá’í World Centre, April 2007
  • Pages:
  • 37
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73. “Your letters of 24 and 25 May 1993 and the booklet you sent were…”

Your letters of 24 and 25 May 1993 and the booklet you sent were received by the Office of Ḥuqúqu’lláh. The two questions you raised were referred to the Universal House of Justice, which has now instructed us to send you the following reply.
1.Funds being saved up for the purchase of a residence are not in themselves exempt from Ḥuqúqu’lláh. Thus, if the person were to die before purchasing a residence, these savings would be assessable to Ḥuqúq. However, … it is left to the individual, who is saving to buy a residence, to decide whether to pay Ḥuqúqu’lláh on the money as he saves it, and then count the exemption when the residence is actually purchased, or to postpone the inclusion of the savings in his calculation of Ḥuqúqu’lláh until after the residence is purchased, at which time, of course, the value of the residence becomes exempt.
2….computations for Ḥuqúqu’lláh in practice should be made on the basis of the accumulation of savings, not just on each year separately. Only in this way can one take account of losses in one year which reduce one’s liability in the next, or compute the profit or loss on the sale of an investment which was purchased in an earlier year.
(8 October 1993, written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer)