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Question: Salam. Is it permissible to give zakah money to my poor uncle back home which he would use to go umrah?

You are not allowed to give Zakah for this purpose as it is not obligatory on him. Zakah should  be given only to one of the eligible categories as stated in the following verse:

Compulsory arms are (meant) only for the poor and the needy, and those who are charged with collecting them, and those whose hearts are to be won over, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage, and (for) those who are overburdened with debts, and (for those who strive ) in Allah’s cause (fi sabil Allah), and (for) the wayfarer: (this is) an ordinance from Allah--and Allah is all-knowing and, all-wise.” (Q. 9: 60).

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