Answer: Not unless they will pay it for you to those groups of people that are allowed to take it. The following are the rules for paying the obligatory zakaat:
The levels of poverty and wealth:
- Very poor: The one that has less than the food he needs for the current day and is not able to work for it. He is allowed to beg and to take zakaat.
- Poor: The one who does not have the value of a nisaab in excess of what is occupied by his basic needs or debt. He is allowed to take zakaat, but not to beg.
- Rich: The one who owns, in excess of his basic needs, the value of a nisaab. He must pay the sadaqah of breaking fast, slaughter for the pilgrimage Eid and cannot take zakaat for himself.
It is NOT allowed to pay for:
- Building masjids or other charity that does not fit the above categories, such as burials or teaching religion.
- One may not pay to a non-Muslim, one's own descendents or ancestors, or the descendents of Hashim (the Prophet's great grandfather).
- One makes the intention when giving it or separating it for giving.
- One must feel sure that the person is one of those that deserve zakaat.