giving zakat to a non-recipient

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JonSnow Staff asked 3 years ago

A relative has given me a sum of money to give as zakaat, and I have met with an aged man near the masjid asking for help. I am not 100% sure the person really is a muslim or just pretending as it is easy to fake salaam, can I give zakaat money to that person to help him? What if I buy “ration” for him instead? Which is better?

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JonSnow Staff answered 3 years ago

No, you can`t give him. Zakaat is meant to welly defined recipients: muslims that are poor that do not possess in any form an amount of nisaab. As such you should be 100% sure that the person is a Zakaat recipient. Yes, you may give sadaqahs money to such people.