Giving zakaat to one’s sister

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Q: My daughter is 43 years old, and is divorced for 9 years already. She has two daughters, 13 and 7 years and a boy 7 years of age. She is living with me since 2011. Her children are living with me and are going to school.

As my daughter is educated, she started working with an MNC, about 120 km from our home. She comes home every weekend to see us and the children. I am 78 and have no pension or any work. My wife is 76 and a retired teacher. Now, we are running the house with what my wife gets as a pension plus the amount which my daughter can spare from her salary and a fix amount which one of my sons is contributing to run the house. The problem is that now, my daughter don’t want to stay away from us and the children. She doesn’t want to work anymore. Here at home, she can’t get any job. In that case it will be very difficult to bear the expanses to run the house. She doesn’t have any extra money or jewellery. So she herself can’t pay zakat. My question is: Is she entitled to get zakat from her brother or any other relation? 

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A: If she is eligible she may receive zakaat.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)