Zakat - May I Give to my Cousin for Medical Treatment?
  • Question:

    May I give my zakat to a cousin who has no financial means for medical treatment of a serious disease?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Yes it is permissible to give zakāh (mandatory charity) to a cousin who is a rightful recipient of zakāh.

    Any believer who has basic necessities but nothing beyond that, is entitled to receiving Zakāh. (See: Mukhtaṣar al Qudūrī)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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