Question:

My mom and I always argue about who to pay Zakāt too. She wants to pay it to her brothers/sisters and their kids citing they are not rich. I don't feel that's right because they have their own homes. Though some may not be rich they do have an income and are able to save some money. My concern is that if they are able to save money they have more money than they need for their regular expenses and they don't qualify for Zakāt. I am concerned that if I pay them Zakāt Allah will not accept it as Zakāt.

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykumwa-rahmatullāhiwa-barakātuh.

Sister in Islām,

In principle, if the person saves money for the marriage of her daughter and the saved amount is equivalent to the Niṣāb of Zakāt which is 612.36 grams of silver or its equivalent value in your local currency and the person does not have a liability equivalent or more than the saved amount then he is regarded as a rich person. As such, he is not regarded as the legitimate recipient of Zakāt. In case of Zakāt, one must exercise precaution to ensure the Zakāt is fulfilled. If the family person in reference does not have saved money equivalent to Niṣāb or his liabilities exceed the saved amount then it is permissible to discharge the Zakāt to them.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Khalil Johnson

Student Darul Iftaa
Canada

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

 

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