KUALA LUMPUR — December 31, 2018: The Selangor Zakat Board (LZS) has categorically stated that it will not dispense tithe or zakat to non-Muslims while saying that those claiming that it would do so had misunderstood its circular.
In a statement issued yesterday, the board pointed out that such a confusion stemmed from the circular’s wordings on how zakat benefits not just Muslims but also those of other faiths.
“LZS would like to stress that zakat will only be given to Muslims,” read the statement by officer Abdul Basith Hamid.
Besides its status as a religious tax, zakat is one of the five main pillars of Islam. Paying zakat is thus an obligation for all Muslims who meet the necessary criterion of wealth.
According to the Quran, the Selangor Islamic Administration Enactment and the Zakat and Fitra Regulations 2012, zakat money can only be dispensed to eight types of needy Muslims.
Basith also explained that that the circular was not regarding that of a change in zakat money dispensing policy but merely to inform staff of the board’s new motto from tomorrow.
Here is an excerpt from the circular:
LZS akan menggunakan motto “Manfaat Zakat Untuk Semua” menggantikan motto “Meneraju Perubahan”. Ia membawa maksud agar LZS lebih dekat dengan masyrakat dan mengukuhkan manfaat zakat adalah untuk semua, bukan hanya terhad kepada golongan mustahik sahaja malah kepada semua lapisan masyarakat tidak mengira usia, bangsa dan agama secara langsung dan tidak langsung.
Below is a literal translation:
LZS will use the motto “Zakat Benefits Everyone” to replace “Leading Change”. It means that LZS is close to the community and that zakat benefits everyone, not just those eligible, but for all levels of society irrespective of age, race and religion.”