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Can I give Zakat to my deceased brother’s family


Salam. My younger brother died recently. He left behind 4 small children with ages between 11 years to two years. They have total inheritance of agricultural land which gives them yearly income of approximately US$250 per month. The total value of the land owned by all children and their mother is approximately US$ 75000. The income is not enough for the family to support them. Are they eligible for my Zakat?


Salaamun alaykum
Thank you for your question.

If she is a shia ithna ashari and is a good muslim and is in need of the money, then she is eligible for the zakat money.

Ruling 1957. The person to whom one gives zakat must be a Twelver (Ithnā ʿAsharī) Shia. If he gives zakat to a person whom he believes to be a Shia and later realises that he was not a Shia, then based on obligatory precaution he must give zakat again even if he had made investigations about the person or he had relied upon something that was legally authoritative.

Ruling 1960. The obligatory precaution is that one must not give zakat to a person who consumes alcohol, or does not perform prayers, or publicly commits major sins.