Giving Charity to the People of the Book

The following question was asked of a marja`:

What are the limitations and strictures in the Revealed Law in relation to giving charity to the poor among the People of the Book?

Are the limitations in the Revealed Law for that? The specific reason for my question is that there is someone I know that is from the People of the Book and is poor and has a personal connection to me. This is the reason why I ask.


The marja,` Imam `Abdur-Rahman Ash-Shami, may Allah preserve him, answered with what follows:

There is no harm in helping them as you have just mentioned. However, this charity is not to be given from the wealth of the Zakah but as a separate charity.

Taken from the website of the maraji`

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