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Giving zakaat to one’s brother in-law

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Q: My husband has a younger brother who is little weak. My husband made a three story building from which one portion is given to him and my husband also provided a grocery shop to him where he is working. He got married 3 years ago and has a son of 2 years. His wife was also given gold during her marriage as a gift for around 120 grams. But my brother in law’s source of income is very low. He can not fulfil his basic needs. My question is are they eligible for zakaat money because every year we give zakaat money around 2 lakhs so I think it’s better to give to our close relatives because he earns around two to three thousand a month in a grocery shop?


A: Yes, if they are eligible for zakaat you may give them.

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

إِنَّمَا الصَّدَقـٰتُ لِلفُقَراءِ وَالمَسـٰكينِ وَالعـٰمِلينَ عَلَيها وَالمُؤَلَّفَةِ قُلوبُهُم وَفِى الرِّقابِ وَالغـٰرِمينَ وَفى سَبيلِ اللَّـهِ وَابنِ السَّبيلِ ۖ فَريضَةً مِنَ اللَّـهِ ۗوَاللَّـهُ عَليمٌ حَكيمٌ ﴿٦٠﴾

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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