1 April 2022
1. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) wishes to announce that the Zakat Fitrah rates for Ramadan 1443H / 2022 are S$5.10 (normal rate) and S$7.60 (higher rate) per person.
2. Zakat Fitrah is an obligatory contribution by all Muslims during the month of Ramadan. The Zakat Fitrah rate is determined by the Muis Fitrah Committee based on the country’s staple food. As rice is the staple food in Singapore, the rates are derived from the median price of 2.3kg of each grade of rice – normal and higher – as generally consumed by the local Muslim community. Higher grade rice refers to more expensive premium rice such as brown rice and basmati rice.
3. Muis introduced the two-tier Zakat Fitrah rate in 2005 to facilitate Zakat contributors who may wish to contribute more than the normal rate (i.e., Muslims who consume higher grade rice). Zakat contributors may choose the rate that is most suitable based on their daily consumption.
No Impact on Prices of Rice
4. Considering recent global events such as the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, Muis had taken into consideration its effect on market prices of commodities. However, our assessments showed that prices of rice in Singapore have not been much affected thus far.
5. Zakat Fitrah must be fulfilled during the month of Ramadan and before Aidilfitri prayers. However, the Muslim public is advised to fulfil their Zakat obligation early ahead of celebrations.
Online Transactions Encouraged
6. Muis highly encourages the Muslim community to fulfil their Zakat Fitrah and Zakat Harta obligations digitally via online methods to prevent long queues at the mosque amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, digital payments will allow for greater convenience, regardless of time and location, whilst providing the same blessings as fulfilling these religious obligations at the mosque.
7. Various digital payment methods include:
7.1. For both Zakat Fitrah & Zakat Harta
a) Zakat Singapore website (www.zakat.sg) using PayNow or Debit Card
b) DBS, POSB, PayLah app, or internet banking at https://internet-banking.dbs.com.sg
c) CIMB Clicks at https://www.cimbclicks.com.sg
d) Cheque made payable to Muis AXS stations island-wide using NETS
7.2. For Zakat Harta only
a) OCBC Al-Wadiah
b) Monthly instalments via GIRO (download the GIRO form at www.zakat.sg)
New Digital Payment Modes
8. From 6 April 2022 onwards, public can utilise the following payment methods to fulfil their Zakat contribution:
8.1. AXS m-Station (mobile app - available on App Store, Google Play and Huawei AppGallery for download, for both mobile and tablet devices)
a) eNETS, DBS PayLah!, Debit Cards, NETSPay, OCBC PayAnyone
8.2. AXS e-Station (website - https://www.axs.com.sg/axsEstation.php)
a) eNETS, DBS PayLah!, Debit Cards, PayNow QR
9. To fulfil Zakat offline, the public is urged to exercise prudence in observing safe management measures (SMM) in place and to monitor their own health condition before heading down to Muis or authorised Zakat collection centres including selected mosques. The list of Zakat collection centres can be found at www.zakat.sg.
New Security Advisory
10. To better update users of Zakat Singapore website (www.zakat.sg) on the latest security news that might affect the way they transact on the website, a security advisory will now be placed as an alert on the main page of the website to remind users to be aware of any scams and phishing attacks.
11. Users on the website are encouraged to read the security advisory to identify key security features to reduce the risk of being targeted by scammers. These features include:
a) Accessing the authentic and secure Zakat Singapore website and payment portal
b) Discerning legitimate communications from Zakat Singapore
c) Learning to protect one’s Zakat account
d) Recognising scams and phishing attempts
e) Protecting oneself from scams and phishing attempts
12. For more information please contact Muis at 6359 1199 (Hotline).
MAJLIS UGAMA ISLAM SINGAPURA