Question: Can Zakaat be given to a child?

Answer: Yes, Zakaat can be given to a child if the father of the child is poor or the child is an orphan. 

If the child is of understanding, he will take possession of it himself, otherwise it should be give to a parent, guardian or caretaker of the child.

ويقبضها للفقير من له ولاية عليه نحو الاب ؛ ولو قبض الصغير ، وهو مراهق جاز ( الفتاوى العالمكيرية ج١ /ص ١٩٠ )

And Allah Knows Best

Yusuf Moosagie 

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