Q: Does the Al-Qalam Scholars Panel supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation?
الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب
A: The Al-Qalam Scholars Panel (Al-Qalam) does not currently supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation (NZF). The supervisory relationship between Al-Qalam and NZF existed from 2012 until 2016 after which it ceased by mutual agreement. My personal involvement with NZF has continued since then in a non binding capacity without supervisory responsibility.
NZF’s current approach has been to internalise the development of Islamic legal principles guiding its policies on zakat, with this process led by Mufti Faraz Adam, and supported by external Advisers, of whom I am currently one.
My role as an Adviser is consultative and does not mean that I support every aspect of NZF’s activities. Further information in relation to this arrangement can be found here: https://nzf.org.uk/About/Advisory
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Mohammed Zubair Butt
Chair, Al-Qalam Shariah Scholars Panel
Mohammed Zubair Butt