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Question By : nilofer

Sadaqah can be given by a rich & a poor in any form, whether money, material or food form to a poor.My relative wants to know if she wishes to give a big amount of Sadaqah & the whole amount to one person only,is it right to give it to a poor needy relative or it should be given to an outsider poor person & is not a relative? What is correct?


Reply By : Muhammadullah Muhammad Khalili Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Dear in Islam
Assalamu Alaikum

The answer to your question is as follows:

Well, it is not only right to give Sadaqah to a needy relative but also it causes double virtue i.e. virtue of Sadaqah and virtue of Silatur Reham (maintaining ties of kinship). But, here are some conditions; one cannot give ¡®Zakat¡¯ and ¡®Sadaqatul Fitr¡¯ to one¡¯s father/grandfather, mother/grandmother, son/grandson, daughter/granddaughter and spouse, since they are one¡¯s own family members on whom one has to spend, while one can give to other relatives. It is undesirable to give Zakat more than Nisab to one person, but if a person is immersed in debt or is in need of money more than Nisab then it is no matter if he is given a big amount of money.

As far as the matter of common charity (Nafl sadaqah) is concerned, one can give it to one¡¯s entire relative regardless of the nature of relationship. Better, give Sadaqah to more than one person especially when it is in larger quantity. But, if the relative is in need he/she can be given big amount of Sadaqah.

Allah knows the best


Answered by:
Muhammadullah Muhammad Khalili Qasmi
Markazul Maarif, Mumbai
06/08/2003 Wed

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