Boost Enables Cashless Zakat Payment Across Three More States


With less than a week left in Ramadan, those who have not paid their Zakat contribution can do it from the safety and comfort of their homes

Kuala Lumpur, 19 May 2020 – Homegrown and leading lifestyle e-wallet Boost has added three more states – Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and Sabah – to its in-app Zakat payment feature which enables clean, simple and convenient cashless zakat payment for more Muslims to fulfil their religious obligations. This brings to a total of six states on top of Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan and Kedah, in which Boost is appointed as an official zakat collection agent.


With Ramadan drawing to a close very soon, Muslims who have yet to carry out their Zakat obligations have less than a week to do so. But with the ongoing Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in place, it may be a challenge for many to physically go to a Zakat collection centre.


In accordance with Islamic law, e-wallet zakat payments through Boost are valid without ‘Lafaz Akad’. With this payment feature, users can now make ‘Zakat Fitrah’ and/or ‘Zakat Harta’ payments directly from the app for Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS), Pusat Pungutan Zakat – Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (PPZ-MAIWP), Lembaga Zakat Negeri Kedah (LZNK), Majlis Ugama Islam & Adat Resam Melayu Pahang (MUIP), Perbadanan Baitulmal Negeri Sembilan (PBMaINS) and Majlis Ugama Islam Sabah (MUIS).


“We recognize that getting used to the new normal in this CMCO requires more contactless and cashless solutions for Malaysians to go about their daily lives with minimal disruptions. Zakat payments are an important part of Ramadan and we’re committed to make it easy for Muslims across the country to put their religious faith and obligations into practice as well as make zakat payments and collection processes more seamless and efficient for the state collection bodies through Boost. This has led us to expand our partnership with more states to make the process of Zakat payment more efficient and safer as well as help increase digital inclusivity, adoption and awareness in the country,” said Mohd Khairil Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of Boost.


Users can pay for their zakat by clicking on the zakat tile on the homepage. First, add a zakat account by choosing which state payments will be made to, then, users have to provide their IC number, name, and mobile number before making a payment. Information on ‘Harga Beras’ is also available in the app. Upon successful payment, users will receive a receipt via e-mail which can be used for individual tax rebate purposes.


“Majlis Ugama Islam dan Adat Resam Melayu Pahang is delighted to have partnered with Boost to ease the burdens of Muslims in the state to fulfill their obligations by paying Zakat Fitrah at their own convenience. This partnership was timely due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) which aims to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in our country. The convenience offered by using the Boost app ensures that the zakat payer can fulfill their obligations at anytime and anywhere. This method is in line with the recommendation of the government which advocates staying home to ensure that we avoid viruses. As such, we hope that through this partnership, this year’s zakat collection will not be affected even though we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dato’ Ahmad Hairi Bin Hussain, Secretary of Majlis Ugama Islam dan Adat Resam Melayu Pahang.


On top of making zakat payments within the e-wallet app, Boost is also a payment option for online zakat payments at the Tabung Baitulmal Sarawak website.