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|Giving Zakah to My Brother to Pay Debt
My brother has a job and has a car which is given by the Company. He has no land or house living in a rented house with his wife and son. He took some money from my uncle and is unable to return them. Now his salary is very limited to just cover his rent and his daily expenses. So, can I give my zakat to him to pay his debt to my uncle. I also have gold which is for my personal use, do I have to pay zakat on them? They are about 70 tola.
Praise be to Allah.
I don’t know what is the tola. But I can say that if these jewelries are actually used for their own occasions not stored almost all the time, they are not subject to Zakah even if they are above 85 grams which is approximately the nisab.
Your description make me feel that you should not give your zakah to your brother, he seems ok, and may be if he re-organizes his expenses he may be able to pay his debts even if it were over a long period. I hate seeing debts, especially within the family, paid from zakah at a time where there are many Muslims dying of hunger all over the world including Afghanistan. You should really give Zakah to needy people in your area.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Dr. Monzer Kahf
Question Date: 2012-03-28
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