Zakat Nisab to be counted for a family as a whole OR for an individual person

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My cousin brother is poor and I wish to give some amount of my zakah to him. He is not sahib-e-nisab but his wife is having their marriage jewelry which makes her (the wife) sahib-e-nisab. The jewelry is in possession of the wife. So in such case is it fine for me to give zakah to my cousin brother?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 954/965/H=10/1436)

If the wife is the owner of jewelleries then its zakah is wajib on her. If your cousin is sahib-e-nisab and does not belong to a Sayyid family then you may give him your zakah. If your wife is not the owner of the jewelleries then you should ask the question again.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.