JOHOR BARU: It is obligatory for foreign Muslims working in Johor to pay their zakat fitrah for Ramadan in Johor instead of their home countries.
State Islamic Religious Affairs chairman Abdul Mutalip Abd Rahim said the reason was that they work and reside in Johor and receive their monthly salary here.
He said that they were not oblige to pay zakat fitrah in Johor if they only come to work in the state and return to their hometown on daily basis.
“Muslims living in Johor but working in Singapore also have to pay their zakat fitrah dues in the state and not in not in the republic,” said Abdul Mutalip.
He said zakat fitrah must be paid before the end of Ramadan and the money collected would be given to the poor and hardcore poor families.
Zakat fitrah or self-zakat is obligatory upon every individual male and female Muslims with the term specified.
“We hope Muslims in Johor will settle their zakat fitrah early and do not have to wait on the last day of Ramadan to do so,” said Abdul Mutalip.
This year’s zakat fitrah in Johor are RM5 and RM8 per head and the Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAIJ) targets to receive RM15.3mil from 1.92 million Muslims in the state.
Separately, he said MAIJ had received complaints from the public on the surge of individuals seeking donations from customers at Ramadan bazaars using letterheads from the council.
“Do not fall prey to them including beggars and we will inform the Welfare Department to take actions against these people,” said Abdul Mutalip.