Assalamualaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
I need to ask how can you find out people who deserves Zakat? Today, almost all people have T.V in their homes, no matter how poor they are! I have heard a lot of times that those who have T.V ( because it's out of necessity ) in their homes are not deserving and infact your zakat won't be accepted if paid to them. Is this the case? If so, then who to give to? I know a lot of people who don't have even food to eat, but they have T.v so what to do? I was discussing this with my mum a couple of days back and she said that then its nearly impossible to find out anyone who's really deserving and so Allah swt will accept my Zakat He's very Merciful.
If we don't find anyone in our locality or if its hard to do this, then can we give all the money to authentic trusts? Shall we still be sinful? Because we've been asked to prefer near ones first and then others.. :s
Any help would be much appreciated.
Jazakumullaho Ahsan al Jaza.