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Ruling 1858

If a person’s wife is a sayyidah,20 then based on obligatory precaution he must not give his khums to her to spend it on her living expenses [that are obligatory on him to provide]. However, if it is obligatory on her to meet the living expenses of others but she cannot do so, it is permitted (jāʾiz) for him to give his khums to her to spend it on them. The same applies with regard to giving khums to her to spend it on her maintenance (nafaqah) that is not obligatory on him to provide.

20 A sayyidah is a female descendant of Hāshim, the great grandfather of Prophet Muḥammad (Ṣ).