Can some thing be done to make the lives of citizens less miserable.
This is an appeal addressed to the State Bank Chairman and Members. The matter of compulsory deduction of Zakat could have been resolved had the State Bank not succumbed to an obviously unprofessional and illegal requirement imposed by the government. Alternately the state bank could have acted , in the light of Supreme Court decision (March 9, 1999), exempting all shades of Muslims to be exempted from Zakat, and stopped deducting compulsory Zakat. Alas, the State Bank is just as citizen unfriendly and insists on subjecting its clients to the yearly CZ-50 torture.
Every year ordinary citizens are asked to declare their ‘fiqh’ on a judicial stamped paper signed by a notary public and duly witnessed by two witnesses, so as to seek exemption from compulsory deduction of Zakat. This bureaucratic and misery adding document is called Form CZ-50. The zakat is not deducted if you state that your ‘fiqh’ is a recognized one (recognized by who?)
Banks all over the world do not do banking based on the personal belief of their clients. Asking people to do so is a violation of their fundamental rights as well as the rules of professional banking.
For a state to make laws and conduct business with its citizens based on their faith or fiqh ( and to start declaring some of these versions as the recognized fiqh) is a dangerous practice. After all we are willing to wage a war against Taliban as we do not wish to be subjugated to their brand of sharia. Citizens should not be required to constantly produce evidence of their faith or fiqh, nor should they be subjected to the torture of CZ50 like affidavits to conduct routine banking transactions. Who knows, soon we may be asked to declare our sect and fiqh for discounts in schools, hospitals and before buying an airline ticket.
The state (and the governor of the State Bank) must treat all citizens equally regardless of their faith or sect. All banks must be asked not to demand any affidavits to be signed that force people to declare their religion or sect. No Zakat or any other deduction in the name of religion be made by any bank from any customer. Only if a customer wishes to make a voluntary contribution ( Zakat or any other charity), he may authorize the bank to do so in writing. It is for the individuals to practice their religion in the manner best understood by them, and not the way prescribed by a clueless state.