Semarang (15/09). Puskas BAZNAS Director's Muhammad Hasbi Zaenal, Ph.D, becomes speakers at the National Seminar organized by the Faculty of Economics, Semarang State University (UNNES) entitled "The Role of Islamic Economy in Optimizing the Potential of the Halal Industry in Indonesia".

In his 50-minute presentation, he explained the concept of the zakatnomics as the main guideline for national development. This concept is taken from the deepening of the interpretation of the At-Tawbah: 60. Zakatnomics is truly an awareness to build a new economic order to achieve happiness, equilibrium of life and ultimate human nature based on the spirit and noble values ​​of the Shari'a zakat namely the spirit of piety, productive enthusiasm, a fair economy (halal economics) and the spirit of zakat manifesting in the practice of life. Where this order (zakatnomics) must fight for four (4) pillars simultaneously, namely (1) the pillar of faith and piety, (2) the pillar of productivity, (3) the pillar of halal economy, (4) the pillar of strengthening of the zakat system.

First, the pillars to build Islamic human capital with literacy and strong religious practices. This pillar is taken from the deepening of the zakat verses namely: fi sabilillah, Ibn Sabil, Islam converts. Second, the pillars of fighting for productivity, taken from the zakat recipients: fakir, poor, gharim, riqab. Third, the pillars of fighting for the halal economy, this taken from the keyword Sadaqah Economy which is the opposite of riba (interest) based economy. Whereas the fourth, the pillar of the system strengthening, this taken from the keyword Amil, which originally had an zakat employee definition, which is synonymous and correlates with management/system.

In the effort to find a holistic Indonesian development model. The zakatnomics pillars above are ideal to apply. The first pillar is the basis for the development of characteristics of sharia human capital. The second pillar is the basis of national welfare development. The third pillar is the basis for the development of a sharia-based business industry, both the halal in the objects transaction and the contract. The fourth pillar is the basis for building a strong system to support the three previous pillars development, such as regulation and institutions, operations and finance, public participation, and so forth.

In his closing remarks, Puskas BAZNAS Director’s hoped that the zakatnomics concept could be further developed by future rabbani economic generations, revealed in a more detailed theory, made mathematical models and practiced in each joint segment of the economy.

(Puskas News)