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Can Zakaat be given to one’s paternal uncle?

Q: Can Zakaat be given to one’s paternal uncle (father’s brother) if he is eligible to receive Zakaat?

A: Zakaat cannot be given to one’s ascendants, descendants and spouse. Since the paternal uncle is not a direct descendant he may be given Zakaat if he is eligible. In fact, it is more virtuous to give Zakaat to one’s relatives. (Al Fatawaa Al Hindiyyah 1/190)

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Shafiq Jakhura (Mufti) and M Mangera (Mufti)
Fatwa Dept.

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