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Question: Aslamoalikum. Can a widowed wealthy mother give zakat to her son who has fallen on bad times.

If you can help out your son from other than your zakah that would be ideal.

However, if you are unable to do so, you are allowed to give your zakah to him if he is needy or destitute or burdened with debts, etc. In such cases, you earn double rewards.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "By giving charity to the poor relatives one may stand to gain double rewards: rewards for charity as well as rewards for fostering the ties of kinship." (Reported by Ibn Hibban and others).

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