The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ruling 1969

A sayyid9 cannot accept zakat from someone who is not a sayyid except in case of necessity; and based on obligatory precaution, the necessity must be to the extent that he cannot meet his living expenses from khums or other religious funds. Furthermore, based on obligatory precaution, if it is possible, he must on a daily basis take only an amount that is sufficient to meet his necessary living expenses for that day.

9A sayyid is a male descendant of Hāshim, the great grandfather of Prophet Muḥammad (Ṣ).