Q: Will zakaat be discharged by giving it to a poor child?
A: If the child’s father is wealthy then the zakaat will not be discharged by giving it to him. However, if the child’s father is poor or the child is an orphan then through giving him the zakaat money, the zakaat will be discharged on condition that the child has reached the age of understanding.
Answered by: Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved: Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)