UUM ONLINE: The University researchers who are involved with the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Institute for Research and Zakat Innovation (IPIZ) have been urged to produce high impact studies and are able to benefit the people, especially the Muslims in Kedah.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani said 20 UUM researchers through its IPIZ had been selected to assist the Kedah State Zakat Board (LZNK) to further improve the management capabilities of zakat institution in the state.
In this regard, he said that these researchers had also been entrusted to carry out research on a regular basis.
"They should also strive to ensure that the results of the study can contribute to the zakat industry in order to achieve the goals intended by Allah.
"In addition, to manage the return distribution from LZNK to UUM, we have set up two zakat related management entities in UUM namely Waqf, Zakat and Endowment Division at UUM Enterprise Department which will manage distribution activities, while IPIZ-LZNK will conduct research activities and talks," he said at the LZNK Cheque Presentation Ceremony and the IPIZ-LZNK Research Route Conference at EDC Hotel & Resorts, yesterday.
The Vice-Chancellor also reiterated that UUM would assist LZNK in stimulating collection of zakat amongst university staff through salary deductions and starting this year, the Bursary would only manage salary deductions for LZNK only.
According to him, UUM also intended to increase the collection of Zakat amongst the University staff from time to time including zakat collection on its subsidiaries.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of LZNK, Mr. Zakaria Othman said that it was the hope and aspiration of LZNK to uphold the institution of zakat not only at the national, but also at the international level.
"Now the world is searching for a zakat institution that can serve as a point of reference and I take this opportunity to collaborate with researchers from UUM to produce world-class studies in which the state of Kedah will become a point of reference for the world for all matters related to zakat.
"I hope that with this collaboration, LZNK will strengthen the governance of zakat institutes in Kedah and UUM will become an important reference centre for all parties not only in Malaysia, but also for the world," he said.
Also held was a chat session called “Hala Tuju Penyelidikan Zakat” with the Chief Executive Officer of LZNK; Director of IPIZ, UUM-LZNK, Assoc. Prof. Dr Muhammad Nasri Md Hussain and professor at Islamic Business School (IBS), Prof Dr Abdullah Abdul Ghani as panellists.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir