The National Zakat Board (BAZNAS) builds synergies with Malaysia's Zakat Selangor Institute (LZS). Both zakat management organizations (OPZ) is determined to jointly spur the rise of zakat world that started from Southeast Asia. This was raised when BAZNAS received a visit of LZS management led by Head of Division of Corporate Communications and Relationship of Datin Setia Hajah Norajun Institution Ainun binti Dato 'Mohd Hasyim and entourage, at BAZNAS office, Jakarta, Thursday (3/11/2017).
 
Present welcome, Deputy BAZNAS M. Arifin Purwakananta, Director of Coordination of Distribution and Utilization, Renbang and National Zakat Training Mohd. Nasir Tajang, Operations Director of Wahyu TT Kuncahyo and a number of division heads, head of BAZNAS department. "Let us jointly spur the rise of the world's zakat to demonstrate the contribution of Islam to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiated by the United Nations," said Arifin. BAZNAS deputies also present programs that will, are and are already in progress, especially in the fundraising field.
 
Such as digital zakat, cooperation with e-commerce such as Bukalapak.com, Tokopedia, Alibaba, Blibli.com, Mataharimall.com, Victims Empower Villages, Digital Sacrifices, zakat counters in malls and offices, Coffee Bicycles, peace campaigns zakat and sacrifice in the Car Free Day area, and so on. Arifin explained, BAZNAS has three pillars of communication. Namely, Public Relations that deal with institutional relationships and institutional branding, Information and Documentation Manager (PID), which serves requests for information, data and documentation from the community. "There is also Marketing Communication (Marcomm) tasked with designing and creating BAZNAS product and program marketing strategies," he said. On the occasion, Norajun expressed his appreciation for the BAZNAS programs.
 
He also expressed readiness to synergize with BAZNAS to contribute to spur the world zakat movement. "There are many lessons that we get from BAZNAS. It's certainly not enough time to visit this institution in several days. In the future we will be more intense to establish communication to exchange experience managing zakat institutions, "he said. Related to that, Arifin explained, BAZNAS has initiated the formulation of Fiqh Zakat on SDG with Philanthropy Indonesia organization.
 
The formulation of zakat jurisprudence involves scholars, activists of zakat, philanthropy and academia. It is hoped that Fiqh Zakat on SDGs will get a good response when delivered at UN high level meeting. As widely known, Chairman of BAZNAS Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo, MBA, CA, is currently trusted as Secretary General of World Zakat Forum (WZF) 2017-2020. "In this case BAZNAS became the driving force of the world zakat movement," he said. According to Arifin, BAZNAS makes zakat jurisprudence as an example concept to facilitate the achievement of SDGs.
 
BAZNAS hopes when zakat jurisprudence is brought to New York, WZF has introduced it as a concept and movement for the achievement of SDGs. He said the SDG is a world agreement for global improvement. So, will Muslims watch and receive donations or Muslim have initiative to help improve the world into a better situation? According to him, every Muslim should be part of the party that helps improve the global situation.
 
Because, without SDGs, Muslims have been asked to participate in helping the world. "Fiqh Zakat on SDGs is a concept from Muslims to be used as part of strengthening the implementation of SDGs," he said. Arifin explained, during this time Muslims are mapped as a country that needs help. Meanwhile, developed countries, in this case the West, are mapped as a helpful country. "This perspective should be changed," he said. He acknowledges, it is true that Islamic countries need help and support to achieve SDGs. But Islamic countries also have the power and resources that can solve the problems in order to achieve the SDGs. "It means that Islam is not only seen as a problem, but it also offers a better solution for the achievement of SDGs," he said. 
 
Arifin also said that, if Fiqh on Zakah (Islamic jurisprudence of zakah) is passed to the public, the Zakat on SDGs packed in the form of jurisprudence is expected to move more Islamic countries to participate in the achievement of SDGs. "Therefore, the role of Muslims in world development is in a position as a solution," he said. For information, Fiqh on Zakah is a book that is translated into English and Arabic. In addition, it will also be packaged in CD form. "BAZNAS will try to convey it to the public in simple languages such as through cartoon movies and easy-to-understand graphs of people," he said. 
 
(puskasbaznas.com)