A jobless who has daughters, should he be given out of Zakah?

Q: There is an unemployed man who does not have the means to support his daughters and sons, who live now with their mother's new husband. Is it lawful to give Zakah (obligatory charity) to these children, even though their grandfather is rich? Is he legally obliged (Part No. 8; Page No. 422) to support them?

A: If the reality is as you mentioned, there is nothing wrong with giving Zakah to this needy family. As for demanding that their rich grandfather support them, this is an issue that could be referred to the court.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.