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Is it permissible to divide the Aqeeqah amongst one`s brothers and family?

Is it permissible to divide the Aqeeqah amongst one`s brothers and family?

Answer:
Giving a portion of the Aqeeqah, even a small one, to the poor and needy is obligatory, and if one`s brothers and family are among the needy then, they are more entitled to it, and this way it is a charity and an observation of kinship ties. However, if they aren`t needy then, it is permissible to give them from the Aqeeqah after giving the poor and needy their share.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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