BE AWARE THAT YOUR ZAKAAT GIVEN TO ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS SANZAF IS NOT VALID
It is mentioned in Hidaya: “The Aamil – i.e. the person deputed by the Imaam (Ruler of Islamic country or his deputy) to collect Zakaat – will be compensated by the Imaam in proportion to his effort…” [Hidaya, page 204, vol. 1]
The above is the generally accepted rule of this Ummah with regard to the Aayat that states, the ‘Aamileen’ may get a portion of Zakaat. That is, this refers ONLY to those who are appointed by a valid Islamic Ruler (King/Khalifah/Governor) to collect Zakaat for the Islamic Empire.
It is only obvious that no individual person or organisation can appoint themselves as collectors of Zakaat and then claim a share of it. This will naturally lead to wholesale anarchy in the concept of Zakaat and definite mismanagement of Zakaat funds.
Zakaat which is usurped in this fashion is NOT valid or discharged!
THEY POCKET TENS OF MILLIONS IN ZAKAAT
According to SANZAF’s financial statements as recorded in their Annual Report, they apportioned in excess of R10 MILLION to their so-called “Amiloon” for the year 2018, whilst in 2017 they spent in excess of R11.8 MILLION on themselves!!
To top it all, they categorise the term “Amiloon” loosely as “administration of Zakaat”. The word in the Qur’aan Majeed refers specifically to only those who are deputed to collect Zakaat and not to the general ‘administration of Zakaat funds’.
For the year 2018, they spent R78 814 860 on the ‘poor’ and ‘needy’ and a further R1 763 072 on the ‘gharimeen’ (those in debt) – only Allah Ta`ala alone knows how they determined these categories considering their dubious classification of ‘amiloon’. Nevertheless, this means that they spent a whopping 12% of people’s Zakaat on enriching themselves! This is in total contravention of the Shariah.
TIP OF THE ICEBERG
This is just one aspect we have touched on regarding their mishandling of Zakaat funds. There are a multitude of other factors which render such organisations nothing other than charlatans, because of whom a large part of the Muslim Ummat will be held accountable on the Day of Qiyaamah for not discharging their Zakaat – This means that even though people gave their Zakaat to these organisations to discharge, due to their maladministration and negligence in correctly interpreting the Shariah, the Zakaat is regarded as not being discharged.
Our advice is that each person who has Zakaat to discharge, must find suitable candidates and people deserving of Zakaat and then give them the Zakaat in person. This warrants the greatest reward and also proper discharge of your Fardh duty!