Kamis 02 Nov 2023 14:53 WIB

Three Crucial Challenges of Zakat Management in Indonesia

Those challenges are concentrated in education, employment, and health aspects.

Conference on The Role of Zakat in Improving Islamic Community's Economy
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Conference on The Role of Zakat in Improving Islamic Community's Economy

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Director of Zakat and Waqf Empowerment at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Waryono Abdul Ghafur highlighted three crucial challenges in zakat management in Indonesia. Those challenges are concentrated in education, employment, and health aspects.

“I invited friends from zakat administration (amil) institutions to have some prominent impactful programs, whose legacy are strong. For example, a scholarship program. How is it different from the LPDP? There must be a distinction,” said Waryono during a conference titled “The Role of Zakat in Improving the Economy of the Ummah”, Wednesday (01/11/2023) at Aston Hotel, Bekasi.

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According to Waryono, amil institutions should have a mapping of the direction of the youth benefiting from the scholarship.

“Amil institutions should have this mapping where they are directed, say, for the next 25 years, whether the beneficiaries will be mayors, engineers, regional authorities, etc,” added Waryono.

In addition to education issues, amil institutions also need to think about mapping the beneficiaries of zakat (mustahik). Take Singapore for an example. The country has a home-help program from the waqf program.

“Every 35-year-old man or woman is required to have an apartment funded by a waqf. It's important co-programmed,” Waryono explained.

A decent job is certainly closely related to the well-being and also the health of the family. This is where the role of zakat, according to Waryono, can be maximized in its management.

“Let's join the facilitation of the poor as a whole. Increase the literacy of zakat and waqf," concluded Prof. Waryono.

LAZ uCare Indonesia and the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Bekasi organized a conference on strengthening the zakat ecosystem. It brought out the theme “The Role of Zakat in Improving the Economy of Islamic Community."

Coinciding with the 6th Milad in October 2023, the amil institution of uCare Indonesia headquartered in Bekasi City officially became the amil institution of West Java Province. This happened after the issuance of the Decree from the Director General of Islamic Community Guidance at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

The chairman of UCare Indonesia Foundation, Muhammad Anwar, said that the achievement was thanks to the support of mustahik, muzakki, and partners.

“Six years of uCare Indonesia, together with giving meaning, we ask for prayers and support from stakeholders, so that we remain trustworthy, disciplined, and keep 3A: NKRI safe, regulatory safe, and sharia safe,” Anwar explained.

Related to the donation distribution target, UCare Indonesia is optimistic that it can reach the target of IDR 20 billion.

“For the city level, our target is IDR 3 billion but in reality, we can channel up to IDR 15 billion. The target is to distribute IDR 20 billion with coverage in the West Java region,” Anwar concluded.

In this activity, LAZ uCare Indonesia also gave appreciation to the partners who have been active in collecting and distributing zakat. The institutions include: SDIT Al Muzzammil, SDIT Gameel Akhlaq, SDIT Al Mardhiyah, Al Fatih Foundation, El Tartil Foundation, DKM Masjid Asabri, STIU Darul Hikmah, STEI SEBI, and Ikapunija

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