Can I Give Zakat to My Siblings If They Qualify?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


If my brother and sister are Zakat eligible, am I allowed to pay Zakat to them?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

I pray you are in good faith and health.

Yes, it is permitted and preferable to give zakat to one’s siblings; brothers, and sisters if they are needy. Because the shared benefit, which is found generally between one’s parents, children, and spouse, is cut off between them. [’Ala’uddin ‘Ibn ’Abidin, Al-Hadiyya al-’Ala’iyya]

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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 in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught 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 the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.