Q: I have some wealth that I pay the Zakah (obligatory charity) due on it to the poor (whom I know their conditions) in my country in the month of Ramadan.
It is worth mentioning that my paternal uncle's children are orphans and it is their mother who undertakes their upbringing.
They have nothing, neither a building nor a farm. They are considered to be among the poor and needy. Is it permissible for me to pay them the Zakah due on my wealth without giving others? Or should I give them a share without depriving the poor? Please advise me, may Allah reward you with what is best! I want to inform you that my father and mother do not live with me nor do they depend on me on their living costs, since they have their own money that satisfy their needs. Is it permissible to give them a share from Zakah due on my money? May Allah protect you.
Giving all your Zakah or some of it to your poor paternal cousins is permissible. It even entails a greater reward than giving it to others who deserve it as well; because it is a Zakah and maintenance of kinship. As for giving it to your parents, it does not suffice you because their expenses are obligatory upon you. Giving them a share of the Zakah due on you is similar to giving this Zakah to yourself. Moreover, you mentioned that they have what suffices them. Thus it is not permissible for them to take out of the money of Zakah, neither from you nor from any other person. Yet, you should maintain their relationship away from Zakah. (Part No. 10; Page No. 65) May Allah grant us success and may Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!