MUSLIMS in Penang are allowed to pay zakat (tithes) at mosques in the states but subject to certain conditions, announced Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department director Zulkifli Lon.
He said although all mosques and suraus in the state had been ordered to close throughout the movement control order period, the department had obtained the approval of the National Security Council to use the facilities at the places of worship for the purpose.
“The zakat collection activities are allowed to be held only at mosque parking areas (in tents set up), lecture or seminar halls, administrative rooms and other suitable rooms from 9am to 7pm.
“The amil (tithes collectors) will determine the appropriate day for the zakat collection activities to take place, ” he said when contacted in George Town.
Zulkifli said all mosques must also ensure that their main prayer hall remain locked at all times as no one is allowed to perform prayers there.
Previously, the media reported that Zakat Pulau Pinang (ZPP) had proposed the setting up of drive-thru counters to facilitate zakat payments if mosques were not allowed to be used for that purpose.
However, ZPP strongly encouraged the public to pay zakat through online platforms.
These platforms include Snap N Pay, JomPay, Bank Muamalat QR Code as well as FPX services via www.zakatpenang.com and Maybank2u.com internet banking. — Bernama
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