Giving Zakah to spouse

 

Question:

Assalamu alikum
I have a small doubt on zakaat. Actually my husband has debts on him. And our income is of middle class. So can I give my zakaat to my husband as pay his debts. Like example: he has taken money from his parents and brother. So can the zakaat given to my husband to pay the money to the people? Please kindly reply.
Jazaka allah khair

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is not permissible for husband and wife to give Zakah to each other.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

 

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[1]  (قَوْلُهُ فَلَا يَدْفَعُ لِأَصْلِهِ) أَيْ وَإِنْ عَلَا، وَفَرْعِهِ وَإِنْ سَفَلَ، وَكَذَا لِزَوْجَتِهِ وَزَوْجِهَا وَعَبْدِهِ وَمُكَاتِبِهِ لِأَنَّهُ بِالدَّفْعِ إلَيْهِمْ لَمْ تَنْقَطِعْ الْمَنْفَعَةُ عَنْ الْمُمَلَّكِ: أَيْ الْمُزَكَّى مِنْ كُلِّ وَجْهٍ (رد المحتار، ج 2، ص 258، سعيد)

احكام زكاة للمفتى محمد رفيع عثمانى مدّ ظله، ص 46، إدارة المعارف

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