Can I give Zakah to a family member (Syed/Sayyid) of the Prophet Muhammad?

Short Answer

Yes.

Reason for Asking the Question

It was forbidden for the family of the Prophet Muhammad to receive Zakah, and most scholars uphold this restriction until today. The questioner wants to know if there is a legitimate difference of opinion on this.

What the Scholars Said

Imam Abu Hanifah and Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah said that Zakāh may be given to a direct descendent from the bloodline of the Prophet because the portion of the spoils of war they used to receive during the time of the Prophet does not reach them anymore. (See Kitab al-Ikhtiyar 152, 156; al-Ikhtiyārāt 104)

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