Should I give Zakah to specific people over others?

Short Answer

Yes. It is recommended to first distribute Zakāh to your poor relatives [excluding parents and children], regardless where they live. After that, it is recommended to distribute Zakāh locally since it was collected from that same area, unless there is an urgent need for it elsewhere.

Reason for Asking the Question

There are several different people who are eligible to receive Zakah. The questioner wants to know if there is a preference for who should receive it.

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