People who have a right to Zakah

Q: Your Eminence, I am an employee in Al-Qarn Emirate and my salary is 4,500 Saudi riyals. I have a debt of about 380,000 riyals, which I borrowed to construct a building for my family. I have two wives, and I have thirteen children with one of them and twelve with the other. Your Eminence, in the area of Bishah, I have some charitable friends who have many palm trees. They pay a lot of Zakah upon these trees when they harvest them, (Part No. 10; Page No. 14) and they give me some of it. However, some people have told them to give their Zakah to the tribal deputy, as he is entitled to collect it and either take it for himself or give it to the state authorities. Your Eminence, please tell me if they have a right to give me the Zakah or not. May Allah protect you.

A: If your financial condition is as you mentioned, then it is permissible for you to take the Zakah; as much as suffices you.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.