Giving Zakah to family members
Fatwa No: 83559


My wife is working and earning salary. She saves every year. Does she have to pay Zakah every year? If yes, can she give some of her Zakah to our daughters? Our daughters are working but they have debts from school times. My wife's brother died and left children. Can my wife send them some of her Zakh money?


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
If your wife's holdings reach the Nisaab (minimum amount of property liable to Zakah) and one lunar year has passed over it then it is obligatory for her to pay their Zakah.
It is permitted for her to give the money of Zakah to her nephews if they are needy. But it is not permissible to give the money of Zakah to her daughters. It is not permissible in Shariah to give the money of Zakah to one's parents or grand parents or to one's own children or grand children.
If they are in need one has to spend on them from his own money not from Zakah.
Allah knows best.

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