Which family members cannot receive Zakah?

Zakāh cannot be given to your dependents such as your parents [or grandparents], children [or grandchildren], or spouse, since you are responsible for taking care of them. Zakāh may be given to other close relatives such as your brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, or in-laws. In fact, it recommended to give Zakah to your family members if they are poor.

‘It is permitted to give Zakat to anyone from among one’s relatives besides one’s parents and offspring, such as one’s brothers, sisters and others. This is because shared benefit of mutual wealth is cut off between them.’ (Bada’i al-Sana’i 2:50)

[Shaykh] Mustafa Umar

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