The indebted folk
The indebted folk (Gharimeen) are those people who have debts to clear and after clearing the debts, they don’t have money which meets the criterion of Zakaat. It also means those folk who have debts to clear and have no means to do so. It is better to give the Zakaat to the indebted folk than to a poor person. As mentioned in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Vol. 1, Pg. No. 188.