Some 331 Amil (Zakat collectors) for Ramadhan are entrusted to collect Zakat or tithe in 142 areas throughout the country for 1440 Hijrah, Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) said yesterday.
Out of the total, 36 Amil are in MUIB while 193 Amil are stationed in 80 areas in the Brunei-Muara District; 25 Amil in 16 areas in Belait District; 53 Amil in 30 areas in Tutong District and 24 Amil in 12 areas in the Temburong District.
The rate of Zakat Fitrah (tithe paid in the month of Ramadhan) for each person consuming fragrant rice (Beras Wangi) is BND2.84, while for Siamese rice (Beras Siam) the rate is BND1.93. It is equivalent to two kilogrammes and 268 grammes of the value of rice.
Meanwhile, the proportion of Zakat Harta or property tithe (cash savings) is fixed at BND5,852.25 with tithe payment of BND146.30 (current rate for one gramme of gold of 21 carats amounting to BND68.85 x 85 grammes = BND5,852.25).
Zakat in Syarak or Islamic ruling is setting aside or paying a specific amount or rate of one’s wealth to be distributed to specific groups on specific conditions. It is obligatory for eligible Muslims to pay Zakat.
MUIB has also issued guidelines for the collection of Zakat Harta and Zakat Fitrah at mosques, suraus and religious halls for the month of Ramadhan, 1441 Hijrah as the nation is facing the COVID-19 outbreak. Zakat Fitrah and Zakat Harta will be received at the mosque foyer or veranda.
The prayer hall will not be used for receiving Zakat Fitrah and Zakat Harta. For mosques where there is no veranda or sufficient space, Zakat Fitrah and Zakat Harta will be received outside the mosque area in tents, MUIB said.
Zakat Fitrah and Zakat Harta collection during Ramadhan is from 8.30-11am and 1-3pm.
The Religious Affairs Offices in the other districts are also open for Zakat payment from 8.30am-1.30pm from Monday to Thursday and Saturday. The payment of Zakat at every ministry is also arranged according to the schedule.
Physical distancing during the payment of Zakat Fitrah and Zakat Harta will conducted in accordance to the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) advice.
Muslims are also urged to pay their tithe early and not wait till the end of Ramadhan and to adhere to the instructions and guidelines set by the authorities. For those who are not feeling well, family representatives can pay on their behalf, MUIB said.