Zakah: Payment for a marriage

Q728 :Marriage is normally very costly and numerous are the cases when the marriage is delayed for a year or more because the family is unable to meet the expenses. Is it permissible to pay zakah in order to help with the marriage of a girl?

A728 : You ask whether zakah may be paid to help with the expenses of marriage. I cannot answer such a question. What I can tell you is that if zakah is paid to help with the expenses of a grand reception, then this is a wrong way to spend your zakah money. On the other hand, if the family of the bride or if the bridegroom cannot afford the reasonable expenses of marriage, they can be helped with zakah funds, because they qualify, in this case, as poor people.

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