Wednesday (26/7). BAZNAS collaborate Indonesia Philanthropy Association to initiate the formulation of Fiqh Zakat on SDGs. This fiqih will be a clear theological legitimation of raising, managing and utilizing zakat to support programs related to SDGs.

Inputs and suggestions from scholars, academics, activists of zakat and philanthropy in the formulation of SDG’s Fiqh is one of the objective of this event. Featured from four speakers, KH Masdar Farid Masudi (Member of BAZNAS), Prof. Dr. Hasanuddin Abdul Fatah (Chairman of the MUI Fatwa Committee), etc.

BAZNAS Member KH. Masdar Farid Masudi said BAZNAS believes the role of zakat becomes strategic in encouraging the implementation of SDGs in various parts of the world, especially the Islamic world. From the 17 points of the SDGs, the zakat movement focuses on 11 issues: poverty eradication, hunger eradication, health improvement, decent education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, energy, economic growth, reducing inequalities, climate change , and partnerships.

To optimize its implementation, it is necessary to set the reference lines that support global development without opposite the sharia corridor. "In the contribution of zakat for global development purposes, it is necessary to build a bridge connecting the fiqh of zakat empowerment developed based on asnaf with the idea of development developed by SDGs," he said.

Suzanty Sitorus, Secretary of Indonesian Philanthropy Association, said that the potential of zakat for the success of SDGs in Indonesia is very large, considering the majority of its citizens are Muslims with a high level of zakat awareness. "The potential of zakat Indonesia is also quite large, estimated at Rp 200 trillion, although the realization of organized raising only reached Rp 5 trillion per year," she said.

To develop the potential of this zakat, in particular, the government established a non-structural institution named Badan Amil Zakat Nasional (BAZNAS) given the authority to perform zakat management nationally. The government also encourages and facilitates community involvement in the management of zakat through the Institute of Amil Zakat (LAZ). "Zakat and SDGs will be energized because both have the same goal. Government and scholars also support the utilization of zakat to support the achievement of SDGs. This is reflected in one of the fatwas of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) which states that zakat, infaq, alms and waqf properties can be utilized for the development of clean water and sanitation facilities as one of the objectives of SDGs", she said.

BAZNAS

BAZNAS is the zakat institution formed by the government through Presidential Decree no. 8/2001. BAZNAS is in charge of collecting and distributing Zakat, Infaq and Sadaqah at the national level. The birth of Law no. 23/2011 on the zakat management, confirmed the role of BAZNAS as an authorized institution to manage the zakat in Indonesia. BAZNAS has been established in 34 provinces and 509 cities/regions.

Indonesia Philanthropy Association (Filantropi Indonesia)

Filantropi Indonesia  is a non-profit organization (NGO) and independent association that aims to strengthen philanthropic institutions and activities in Indonesia in order to contribute the achievement of social justice and sustainable development in Indonesia.

(Source: baznas.go.id | Trans: Lala/ puskasbaznas.com)