Zakah money on mother in law trip.

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Assamu Alay kum,

I had a question about spending Zaka`h funds.
My mother-in-law, who is staying in India, want to visit her daughter in Jeddah, KSA.
She will also perform umra etc while in Jeddah.

My question is, can I spend Zakah`h fund for her ticket etc. Will it be correct for me to spend my Zaka`h fund for visit to Saudi Arabia.

I had ready this answer on the website.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 60:

60 Alms are for the poor, and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds), for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the Truth), for those in bondage and in debt, in the Cause of Allah, and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah and Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.

Allah Subhanah has prescribed that ‘zakah’ should be paid to any of the above eight listed categories:

To the poor
To the needy
To those who are employed to administer the zakah funds
To those whose hearts have recently been reconciled to the Truth of Islam (new-muslims)
For those in bondage
For those in debt
In the Cause of Allah
To the way-farer or traveler
Can my mother-in-law can come in any of this category.
Please reply soon, so as to take some decision based on your reply.
May Allah Give you better reward for your help.

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Zakah money on mother in law trip

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Respected brother, although you are well within you rights to spend on the travel and stay of your mother in law from your normal funds, it would not be appropriate to spend on her from your ‘zakah’ dues.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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