Can I Give My Zakat to My Grandmother?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Can I give zakat to my grandmother, who needs financial support for her nursing care?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is not permitted to give Zakat to your grandmother.

The person paying zakat is not to pay it to his father and grandfather, however so high, nor is he to pay it to his child, and the child of his child, however so low. The basis is that the benefits of property are linked between them. [Marghinani, Al-Hidaya; Maydani, Al-Lubab Fi Sharh al-Kitab; ‘Ala’ al-Din ‘Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-‘Ala’iyya]

One should find other ways to care for her needs by collecting funds from siblings, relatives, and friends to support her caring and nursing needs.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.