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Lending Money to Relatives

Q:

If two relatives ask you to lend same amount of money, One for Umrah the other for his/her marriage expenses? Who shall you help, if you can help only one of them? I must add that both are my father’s sisters.

A:
Salaamun alaykum
 
Thank you for your question. This is a situation where you have to judge which of the two is more important based on a number of factors particular to the situation of each sister and what the money will be used for. You are not obligated to lend money to either of them and there is no absolutely right answer as to who you should lend to if you decide to go ahead. If the money is necessary for the sister to get married, then all other things being equal this would take preference.
 
May you always be successful
ZoheirAli.