by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
THE Zakat Collection Centre of the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (PPZ-MAIWP) aims to collect RM800 million from 480,000 payers by the end of this year to help needy asnaf families.
PPZ-MAIWP acting CEO Abdul Hakim Amir Osman said this is due to the increase of zakat recipients to 27,000 families this year from around 20,000 since the Covid-19 pandemic struck the country.
He said MAIWP has distributed a total of RM555 million, an increase of 8% compared to last year to asnaf families from early January 2021 until September 2021 through various schemes to assist the asnaf community with house rent, education, health, businesses and more.
“We hope to collect the remaining of RM223 million from 238,285 payers by the end of this year so that we can achieve the target that we have set and strive to provide zakat payment facilities that suit the needs of the recipients.
“I urge those who have enough to pay zakat immediately without waiting at the last minute so that MAIWP can help the people in need who had been affected by Covid-19,” he said at the launch of the Year-End-Zakat Campaign 2021 yesterday.
The campaign which will end on Dec 31 is aimed to encourage more Muslims to pay zakat with the theme “Standing Together”.
Abdul Hakim said the campaign aims to invite all, especially zakat payers to join MAIWP in shouldering the responsibility of helping those in need so that they can rise from the difficulties of Covid-19.
“Zakat payers have the option of making an appointment through the Digital Zakat Counter, Mobile Zakat Counter, Door-to-Door and Ride2U. PPZ-MAIWP will also hold several programmes that will involve zakat payers and the asnaf such as field programmes, Bual Bicara Santai and Super Sunday.
“Therefore, we hope that with a campaign like this, we can achieve our targeted collection.
“God-willing, PPZ-MAIWP will always give the best in making it easier for payers to pay their zakat so that the welfare of those in need will continue to be protected and taken care of,” he added.