Giving Zakat to my uncle

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

My uncle (my mother’s own brother) is very poor and unemployed since long time, I wish to give portion of my zakat to him, his wife posses some gold but she is not willing to share anything with him nor is she ready to give him anything out of it. She says it’s her property. In this case how can I help my uncle? Am I permitted to give Zakat to my close relatives and those who are Ahle-Nisab?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Wa Alaykum Assalam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu,

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful & Compassionate

It is permitted to give zakat to one’s uncle. Rather, the reward would be greater in giving to one’s relatives than others.


The giver cannot materially benefit from giving their zakat. As such, one cannot give zakat to one’s parents, children, or spouse, because benefits between these people are shared.

Faraz Rabbani.


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