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Can I Accept Zakah from Parents-In-Law?

25 September, 2018
Q I have some debts and my salary is not enough for my needs. My wife’s father wants to give me some of his Zakah. Is this Zakah acceptable or not?


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:

There is nothing with receiving zakah from parents-in-law. 

In his response to your question, Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf, Professor of Islamic Finance and Economics at Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, states:

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Yes, it is permissible to accept zakah from your parents-in-law. This is because your father-in-law is not responsible for your living expenses. In-law relationships do not have any financial implications, they are completely independent one from the other.

Almighty Allah knows best.


About Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf
Dr. Monzer Kahf is a professor and consultant/trainer on Islamic banking, finance, Zakah, Awqaf, Islamic Inheritance, Islamic estate planning, Islamic family law, and other aspects of Islamic economics, finance, Islamic transactions (Mu'amalat). Dr. Monzer Kahf is currently Professor of Islamic Finance & Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey