According to a scholarly study, zakat distribution and utilization program conducted by the National Board of Zakat, Republic of Indonesia (BAZNAS) has been proven to increase the welfare of mustahik, notably in terms of material, spiritual, education, health and independence.

The study was conducted last year by BAZNAS Center of Strategic Study using the measurement which is called as Welfare Index.

The Vice Chairman of BAZNAS, Dr. Zainulbahar Noor said that BAZNAS Welfare Index captured the zakat distribution program in a good category with a value of 0.71

"In terms of income, the good category represents the mustahik who receive zakat funds are above the poverty line set by the government, some may even be above the threshold," Zainulbahar said this during Public Exspose "BAZNAS Welfare Index" in Jakarta , Thursday (10/17).

The event was attended by 50 participants from various backgrounds. The event also celebrated the International Poverty Eradication Day.

During the event, the Director of Distribution and Utilization of BAZNAS, Dr. Irfan Syauqi Beik and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies (Puskas) BAZNAS, Dr. Mohammad Hasbi also presented.

According to Dr. Zainulbahar, the results of the study is reflective of BAZNAS to conduct a condition analysis while evaluating the distribution and utilization programs that have been carried out.

With these data, policies can be formulated further to improve the pattern of zakat distribution programs, so that greater maslahah can be further contributed for the sake of ummah.

"The BAZNAS Welfare Index was created as a tool to measure the performance of the zakat distribution program carried out by BAZNAS as well as a tool for the public to monitor how the distribution process of BAZNAS has been effective," he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Irfan Syauqi Beik said, the study became a new color in the development of theories related to Islamic economics.

"This is the contribution of BAZNAS to the scientific world, mainly in the field of Islamic economics. BAZNAS hopes that this study can strengthen Islamic economics where zakat is an important part.

"Of course we also hope that this knowledge will continue to develop through new theories such as the Welfare Index," Further, he also invited public to take part in controlling the performance of BAZNAS through similar studies.

"The community, including the academics, can participate in testing their field results by conducting research using the same measurement tool, the BAZNAS Welfare Index.

"So this is a control tool also for the community and other stakeholders to see the dynamics of the distribution and utilization of zakat," he said.

Mohammad Hasbi said, the BAZNAS Welfare Index employs three welfare measures, namely Cibest (Center of Islamic Business and Economic Studies) with material and spiritual measures. Human Development Index with a measure of education, health and independence.

The result of the BAZNAS Welfare Index ranges from 0 to 1 which is divided into 5 categories: very bad, bad, fairly good, good and very good.


Trans: Puskas BAZNAS