Zakat to help His Uncle to Marry
m I allowed to pay my zakat obligation to my uncle, so that he can marry soon? For your information, his salary is very small and moreover, half of it is given to his parent.
Answer issued by Sheikh Dr. Khalid Al-Musyaiqih:
All praises be to Allah, peace and prayer of Allah be upon our prophet, Muhammad, his family, and all his companions.
It is allowed for you to pay your zakat obligation to your uncle to help him to marry, if he is one of the poor that need to be helped. Likewise, it is allowed to pay zakat to the poor relatives whom we are not obliged to earn for their living. Furthermore, zakat for them in this condition is better than for anyone else, based on a saying of the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him,
الصدقة في المسكين صدقة وفي ذي الرحم صدقة وصلة
“Zakat given to the poor is only valued as zakat. Zakat to the family is valued as zakat and connecting the family ties.” (Narrated by Ahmad, hadith no. 15794 and An Nasa’i 2582)
Allah knows best.
Dr. Khalid Al-Musyaiqih is a lecturer at Faculty of Shari’a, University of Muhammad Ibn Suud, Saudi Arabia. He is a student of Imam Ibn Baz and Imam Ibn Uthaymeen.