Money cannot be connected to the word zakaa in the Reading. It is the obligatory duty of everyone to practice charity. God does not call this zakaa. For charity or donation, God uses different words such as anfak and the attendant derivatives of the word.
So what is the big deal? What does it matter which word you use? The point is that the religionists have created a brand new religious obligation for the people without any basis, the only benefit of which is that it fills up the religious pundits’ coffers.
The idea that the duty of charity and donation (anfak) is a free-will issue has been circumvented by the u’lema. What better way to ensure their own parasitic existence than making financial support for them mandatory and a prerequisite for the attainment of Paradise?
The result is that the u’lema gets their cut from the 2.5% religious tithe they support as a key pillar of salvation and Muslims are completely alien to the concept of charity and donation.