In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
2- However, you will be greatly rewarded by Almighty Allah if you help them to perform Umrah.
Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
You can definitely take your mother and sister for Umrah if you can afford to do so. In fact, this would be considered an extremely meritorious act; however, you are not allowed to pay for this with your zakah. This is because Umrah is not fard (obligatory), so paying for it cannot be considered essential. Zakah should be directed to far greater priorities.
According to some scholars, including Ibn Taymiyyah, the case of Hajj is different for a person who has not performed it before. In this case it is permissible to give zakah to those who have never performed Hajj.
Almighty Allah knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.