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Is daughter eligible for zakah.

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Can a wealthy mother gives her Zakat to her daughter ?

The daughter is an widow and have no wealth, dependent on her sons.

The daughter need the Zakat money for her medical treatment and late husbands loan.

The widows sons are not capable to carry the treatment cost and loan.

Please advice.


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Is daughter eligible for zakah

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In light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, the scholars and jurists are unanimous in their opinion that it is not permissible for parents to spend from their zakah dues on their off-spring, nor is it permissible for one’s off-spring to spend from their zakah dues on their parents.


If Allah Subhanah has blessed the parents with abundance, it is their duty to spend from their sustenance on their off-spring; and vice versa, if Allah Subhanah has blessed the off-spring with abundance, it is their duty to spend on their parents from their sustenance.


For a parent (mother or father) to spend on their own off-spring (sons or daughters) from their zakah funds would not be appropriate.


If a mother whom Allah Subhanah has blessed with abundance finds her widowed daughter needy, it is her duty to spend on her from her non-zakah funds.


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