Praise be to Allah.Praise be to Allaah.
The Muslims of the earlier and later generations are agreed that zakaah must be paid each year on gold, silver and the like.
Ibn Hazm said in Maraatib al-Ijmaa’: They are agreed that zakaah must be paid repeatedly on all kinds of wealth at the end of each year, apart from crops and fruits, for which they are agreed that zakaah must be paid only once. (p. 38).
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah did not criticize this at all in his criticism of Maraatib al-Ijmaa’.
The evidence for this consensus is the practice of the ummah from the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) until the present day. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to send the zakaah-collectors to the tribes and cities, and they did not differentiate between those who had paid their zakaah the previous year and those who had not, rather they used to take the zakaah that was due on all the “zakaatable” wealth that people possessed.
Ibn Sireen said: The zakaah-collector used to come and wherever he saw crops or camels or sheep he would take the zakaah that was due on them. Al-Mudawwanah, 1/361.
What the person said, that the zakaah on gold does not have to be paid each year, is indicative of his ignorance. He has to be taught what is correct.
The Muslim should not hasten to issue fatwas on the basis of what he thinks, rather he should refer to the sayings of the scholars and imams so that he can find out what scholarly consensus says and not deviate from it.
And Allaah knows best.