Puskas BAZNAS in collaboration with IPB, KNEKS, BI, and Kemenag RI are currently conducting a research project on zakat collection from non-institutional parties. That is, the study aims to investigate the practice of zakat collection done in informal institutions across Indonesia.

The meeting (July 8, 2020) is attended by the Chairman of BAZNAS, Prof. Dr Bambang Sudibyo and a number of representatives from KNEKS Dr Ahmad Juwaini, from BI Cecep Makanul Hakim, from IPB Prof. Dr M. Firduas and Dr Lukman Baga, and from Kemenag RI represented by Andi Yusri.

The virtual meeting is held through the zoom platform. The meeting starts with a speech from the Chairman of BAZNAS and is continued with the design project presentation by the Director of Puskas BAZNAS, Dr M. Hasbi Zaenal. The meeting goes smoothly and the participants recommend positive responses and suggestions for the study.

The study raises an assumption that zakat, infaq and shadaqah (zis) funds collected by non-official zakat institutions is higher than those zis funds collected by official zakat institutions.

The study considers a huge potential of zakat around IDR 233 Trillion, according to Puskas BAZNAS, in which the realization of zakat which is recorded by the official zakat institutions until 2019 is at IDR 10 Trillion, about 10% of the zakat potential.

The researchers argue that should all zis funds is donated through the official institutions, the realisation of zis collected is thus predicted to be higher than that of collected in 2019. The research is planned to be conducted by interviewing methods to 3400 respondents in 34 provinces in Indonesia.

The selection of places to be chosen are one third in the centre of the capital and on the edge of the city, and the rest is outside of the city. In addition, the respondents will be involved to be interviewed from individuals, the Dewan Kemakmuran Masjid (DKM), and non-DKM institutions.