Q: Can I give Zakat to my parents?

A: The Hanafi and Hanbali schools prohibit giving Zakat to one’s parents or children as the Zakat payer will be indirectly benefit from his Zakat. Thus, it is akin to using Zakat for oneself .

The Maliki and Shafi’i scholars prohibit giving Zakat to all those people whom the Zakat payer is obliged to maintain financially. This includes parents and children.

And Allah knows best!

Mufti Faraz Adam