May I pay zakat to my dependant family members?

Lineal descendants (son, daughter and grandchildren) and lineal ascendants (father, mother and grandparents) do not receive zakat as they are considered dependants. A man also is not allowed to give zakat to his wife as she is considered a dependant. One may give zakat to a brother, sister, aunt, or uncle etc. However, some scholars say that if these members are your dependants then you will not be allowed to pay them zakat.

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