|September 07, 2008 01:10 AM|
Celcom’s Muslim Customers Can Pay Zakat To Selangor Zakat Board Via SMS
SHAH ALAM, Sept 7 (Bernama) — Celcom (Malaysia) Bhd’s Muslim customers can now pay zakat(tithe) to the Selangor Zakat Board (LZS) via SMS with the launch of the service.
The service for Celcom’s pre-paid and post-paid customers was the first of its kind as a result of cooperation between Celcom and LZS.
The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, launched the service at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque at the breaking of fast with the people, here Saturday night.
A statement from LZS said the SMS for zakat payment was free of charge.
To use the service, Celcom customers only need to type fitrah
The zakat payment for Selangor this year is RM5.20 per person and the official receipt for the payment can be downloaded from LZS website at http://mfitrah.celcom.net.my before Oct 31, 2008.
The board said the zakat payment via SMS had been approved by the Selangor Fatwa Council.
Sultan Sharafuddin had earlier handed over Hari Raya cash contributions from LZS to 80 orphans, 100 poor people and also 100 Muslim converts at the same function.
The Sultan also received for LZS, business zakat of RM1.3 million for this financial year from Worldwide Holdings Bhd, which was represented by its chairman, Datuk Mohd Arif Abdul Rahman.
Selangor Islamic Religious Council chairman Datuk Setia Mohammad Adzib Mohd Isa said a survey carried out by the council showed that the hike in fuel and food prices had increased the number of poor people in the state to 10,000 from the 672 registered in 2007.
He said for this Ramadan, LZS had allocated RM11.7 million to help the poor and another RM1.2 million for Muslim converts in Selangor.