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Islamic Ruling on Paying Zakah or Charity to Cover Marriage Expenses of one`s Nephew

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
Every year, I distribute a certain sum of money amongst the poor and needy. However, this year, I decided to use this sum to cover the marriage expenses of my nephew as he can`t afford them. What is the ruling of Sharia on this?

Answer:

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

If you are paying from the Zakah {obligatory charity} money, then you may give your nephew part of it if he is poor or indebted due to borrowing money to cover marriage expenses.

If what you are paying is from the voluntary charities and donations, then you may give him whatever amount you want and Allah the Exalted will reward you for that. This is based on the following narration: Salman bin Amir Dabbi narrated that: the Messenger of Allah said: “Charity given to the poor is charity, and that given to a relative is two things: charity and upholding the ties of kinship.”{At-Tirmithi}. And Allah the Almighty knows best.

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

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