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Can one give zakat to married sister?

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Dear Burhan,

In a reply to my an earlier question regarding Whom we can pay Zakat?

You said, one of the recepients can be your own relatives who are not directly under your responsibility. In this regard I would like to know what is the status of a married sister? If she is not well to do or she wants help for the further education of their children! Can we pay her and assume it part of Zakat? Your quick answer will help a lot.

Your Brother in Islam


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Can one give zakat to married sister?

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A sister is not considered the direct responsibility of the person. The people who are directly under ones responsibility are normally ones parents, grand-parents, great grand-parents, etc., and wives, and children, grand-children, great grand-children, etc.


If ones own sister is poor and needy, she has a bigger right to receive the zakat from her brother than anyone else. The person who pays his zakat to his own sister will Insha Allah receive a double reward from Allah Subhanah: one for paying his zakat dues to purify his wealth, and two for being kind and helping his near relatives in need.


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Your Brother in Islam,






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