Selangor Journal
Selangor Zakat Board (LZS) chief executive officer Mohd Sabirin Mohd Sarbini at the launch of the 2023 Livelihood Sharing Campaign with Zakat at the LZS Headquarters in Section 13 on November 27, 2023. —Picture by SHEEDA FATHIL/SELANGORKINI

Selangor Zakat Board collects RM735 mln, hopes more will pay by year-end 

By Sheeda Fathil

SHAH ALAM, Nov 27 — The Selangor Zakat Board (LZS) has collected over RM735 million in zakat payments from 321,000 individuals as of October this year. 

Its chief executive officer Mohd Sabirin Mohd Sarbini said this is despite LZS identifying close to a million individuals in the state being eligible to contribute. 

“We are targeting at least a 10 per cent increase in new zakat payers this year compared to the existing 400,000 last year. 

“We warmly welcome those who are financially capable to fulfil their zakat obligations before the end of 2023,” he said after the launch of the Kongsi Rezeki Dengan Zakat campaign at the agency’s headquarters, here, today. 

Sabirin said it is his hope that Muslims will carry out their responsibilities in assisting asnaf (those eligible to receive zakat). 

“Undoubtedly, 2.5 per cent of one’s earned sustenance, including income, businesses and wealth ownership as stipulated in the law of zakat, is rightfully for those in need. 

“As such, there is no excuse not to pay your zakat if you are financially capable, especially now that we also offer various online payment methods,” he said.

At the same event, LZS also received zakat payments of RM252,971 from three companies. 

They are PWN Excellence Sdn Bhd, which paid RM136,572 in zakat on their businesses, followed by Agrobank Bhd, which paid RM106,323 and Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority, which paid RM10,075.

LZS also presented RM17.6 million in zakat assistance to recipients from five categories, including RM15 million for those categorised as poor. 

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