The question is vague but I will assume that you want to know how to differentiate between long-term/ short-term investments in relation to Zakat.

There is no technical definition of any of them from a shariah perspective.

However, to help people understand, we use these terms to differentiate between the 2 different types of assets classes i.e. those that are bought to generate an income (which in general are bought for a long- term period) and those bought for the purpose of capital growth (which in general are bought for a shorter-term period).

Otherwise the principles behind the Zakat calculation is that:
- the value of anything bought for the purpose of resell or capital growth is subject to Zakat.
This is in contrast with:
- an asset which has been bought for the purpose of generating an income only. The value of such asset will not be Zakatable.

And Allah knows best!
Mufti Billal Omarjee
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