You can pay zakat to any relative who is not:
- Your parent, grandparent and ascending
- Your child, grandchild and descending
- Your spouse
As for all other relatives then it is not only permissible but better to pay zakat to them if they are valid zakat-recipients.
With regards to giving zakat directly to a mosque then that is not valid, except if they are collecting the funds to disburse to those zakat-eligible individuals
Zakat can only be given to an actual poor person who takes possession of the given zakat. a virtuous project such as “building a mosque” is neither a person nor poor, and therefore one cannot give zakat to build a mosque.
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