Zakat is one of the major religious duties in Islam. Literally, zakah means to “purify”. It refers to the purification of a Muslim’s wealth and soul. Wealth purification denotes the mobilisation of assets for the purpose of financial growth and justified distribution. Purification of the soul implies freedom from hatred, jealousy, selfishness, uneasiness and greed. Other Quranic connotations include the purification of sin. Technically, zakah is a fixed proportion collected from the surplus wealth and earnings of a Muslim. It is then distributed to prescribed beneficiaries and for the welfare as well as the infrastructure of a Muslim society in general. This contribution is made payable by a Muslim once in every lunar year (Islamic Calendar/Hijri).
Zakah is paid on the net balance after a Muslim has spent on basic necessities, family expenses, due credits, donations and taxes. Every Muslim male or female who at the end of the Hijri year is in possession of the equivalent of 85 grammes of gold or more in cash or articles of trade, must pay his or her zakah at the minimum rate of 2.5 percent. Zakah has a deep humanitarian and social-political value. This religious act prevents the hoarding of wealth and advocates solidarity among Muslims because excessive wealth is distributed amongst the poor. The paying of zakah also helps purify one’s soul and encourages a Muslim to have gratitude towards God’s bounties.
As it has been mentioned, zakah is mentioned vis-à-vis with Salat (prayer) in 30 verses of the Holy Quran. It was first revealed in Surah Al Muzzamil: 20;
“…. and establish regular prayers and give regular charity; and loan to Allah a beautiful loan. And whatever good ye send forth for your souls, ye shall find it in Allah’s presence, Yea, better and greater in reward and seek ye the grace of Allah: for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”
In another verse, Allah declares that those who pay zakah, are included within the Muslim society (Jamaatul Islamiah) – At Taubah: 11
God Most High said: They were enjoined only to worship God, sincere in their faith in Him alone – and of upright religion – and to establish the Salat and the Zakat. Such is the upright religion, (98:5) and: Those who lay up treasures of gold and silver and spend them not in the way of God; give them the news of a painful punishment, on the Day when that (wealth) will be heated in hellfire, and their foreheads and their sides and their backs branded therewith: “This is the treasure which you laid up for yourselves! Taste, then, your hoarded treasure!” (9:34-35) and: Let not those who are miserly with what God has given them of His bounty think that this is good for them. Rather, it is bad for them. That which they withhold shall be hung around their necks on the Day of Arising. (3:180)
There’s a few way that you can perform Zakat.
1. Through their website : www.zakat.com.my
2. i-zakat available at Google Play & Apps Store
3. PPZ-MAIWP counter:
- Wisma PPZ, Tmn Shamelin
- Bangunan Daruzzakah, Lrg Hj Hussien 2 Kg Bharu
- Masjid Negara, Jalan Perdana KL
- Wangsa Maju, Wangsa Delima 6
- Presint 9, Putrajaya
- Presint Diplomatik, Putrajaya
- Masjid At Taqwa, TTDI
- Masjid Abd Raman B Auf, Jalan Puchong
- Masjid Imam Al Ghazali, Kepong
- UTC Pudu Sentral
- Labuan Times Square
- Monday – Thursday (8.15 am. – 4.45 pm)
- Friday (8.15 am- 12.30 pm) (2.30 pm- 4.45 pm)
- Close (Saturdat 1st and 3rd week of the month)
4. Internet banking:
5. Moving counter “Kaunter Zakat Van Bergerak PPZ-MAIWP “
There’s two moving counter in Kuala Lumpur & Putrajaya to provide easy yet convenience for people to perform Zakat.
For more information, do check out:
Pusat Panggilan PPZ MAIWP: 1-300-88-5757
Pusat Panggilan Baitulmal MAIWP: 1-800-88-5222