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    Question ID: 153746Country: INDIA

    Title: Paying Zakaat to Syed Family

    Question: I am Ansari by cast and married to a Syed girl. Recently my wife's brother in law (wife ke bade bahnoi) is passed away, who was Sheikh Siddiqui by cast. Now in his family total 5 dependents (4 children and one wife) are there. There is not any source of Income to run the family. As I am believer of Hanafi maslak, I got to know that we can't give zakah to Syed family. Because my wife's elder sister is Syed but her husband who passed away was Sheikh Siddiqui. Please guide me that, can I give zakah to this family or not for their monthly expenses.

    Answer ID: 153746

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (Fatwa: 1288/1269/N=12/1438)


    According to Shariah, the linage is considered from father’s side not from mother’s side. Thus, if the big brother of your wife is not a Sayyed then his children shall also not be termed to be Sayyed. Thus if their children are not sahib-e-nisab then you may give them zakah money for their monthly expenses. However, since your wife’s sister is a Sayyed thus you cannot give zakah to her.

    قال الله تعالى: إنما الصدقت للفقراء والمساكين الآية (سورة التوبة: 60) ولا إلى غني يملك قدر نصاب فارغ عن حاجته الأصلية من أي مال كان الخ ، .... ولا إلى بنى هاشم الخ (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار، كتاب الزكاة، باب المصرف، 3: 295-299، ط: مكتبة زكريا ديوبند)، يصرف المزكي إلى كلهم أو إلى بعضهم، ......ويشترط أن يكون الصرف تمليكا لا إباحة الخ (المصدر السابق، ص: 291)

    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India