One of the main conditions of zakat is that the recipient must be Muslim. Sadaqa Welfare Fund ensures that all recipients of Zakat are Muslims.
Zakat may be given to one’s relatives if they fall under the category of “poor persons”. Meaning they do not have enough to suffice themselves for a whole year or if they have debts which resulted in them not having sufficient resources.
Zakat may be given to orphans as well if they have debts and/or they come under the category of poor persons. If the orphans are now of working age and they can work for themselves and they have sufficient wealth, then giving Zakat to them is not permissible.
Zakat may also be given to somebody who is in need of medical treatment only if they are eligible to receive Zakat.
Water Wells are not Zakat eligible. A condition of zakat is ownership, it is not possible for a water well to have an owner. Sadaqa Welfare Fund does not build water wells using zakat money. Instead, we only use Zakat donations towards food programs for the poor and needy Muslims.
Zakat money may not be given to Mosques/Masjids. Zakat may not be given towards the building of a Mosque or Masjid.
Zakat may not be given to your family if you have an Islamic duty to care for them.
For example, your Zakat cannot be given to your wife as you have an Islamic duty to care for her that already exists. For relatives who you are not obligated to provide for, you may pay zakat if they fall under the category of a poor person.