Can a female receive zakaat when she has jewellery?

Question ID: 33923

Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa bara katuhu Mufti Elias

My sister, a single woman, working, but not earning enough, is receiving zakaat. She also has gold jewellery which is zakaatable. She lived with my father, but he has passed away in January 2017 (May ALLAH be pleased with him). She has 2 brothers who do not live with her.

I have 2 questions, please.
Firstly, is she eligible to accept zakaat because of her low income?
Lastly, if she cannot pay the zakat on her jewellery, must her brothers pay it on her behalf or must she pay it in instalments (say half now and half later).
Please help.

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Asked on June 15, 2017 3:56 pm
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She cannot receive Zakaaat as she supposed to be a giver of Zakaat.
She must sell her jewellery and pay off the Zakaat.
When the jewellery is valued less than the ‘Nisaab’, then she can receive Zakaat.

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Answered on June 17, 2017 6:25 pm