Secretary General of the World Zakat Forum (WZF), Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo, MBA, CA in a press conference in Jakarta on Monday (4/9) addressed the humanitarian tragedy in Rohingya, Myanmar. (PHOTO: Special / BAZNAS)

World Zakat Forum ( invites zakat institutions worldwide to help find solutions in the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, which has made its citizens, especially the Rohingyas, living in misery.

The invitation was submitted through the official statement of the Secretary General of WZF, Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo, MBA, CA in a press conference in Jakarta, Monday (4/9).

Mr. Bambang said, WZF, a forum of synergy between zalat management organizations, practitioners, academics and other zakat stakeholders, has a deep concern in the current humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.

"WZF deeply regrets the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar that has a very bad impact especially for the Rohingya Muslim ethnic group," he said.

Therefore, WZF invites all zakat organizations around the world to demonstrate its commitment to support victims of the humanitarian crisis that struck the Rohingyas. WZF also calls for a strategic and effective step towards ending this humanitarian crisis through strong cooperation between Muslim countries and other international and multilateral institutions.

"This cooperation also includes providing assistance to Rohingya refugees scattered in several parts of the world," he said.

WZF is currently in the process of developing a humanitarian action framework to assist victims of this humanitarian crisis, inviting WZF members and WZF member countries to participate actively. WZF believes that this Rohingya humanitarian crisis can be resolved and all stakeholders can find the best long term solution to be implemented.

Since its establishment on 30 September 2010 in Yogyakarta, WZF has also paid special attention to the humanitarian crisis that befell Muslims in the world. WZF is designed to facilitate a platform for zakat institutions and stakeholders to build a strategic dialogue in concepts and ideas for zakat implementation, such as policy discussions, goals and benefits of zakat. WZF also works to build transparency, professional and zakat management trust. In addition, WZF analyzes the contribution of zakat in the social field of community empowerment, strengthening zakat in improving the welfare and quality of life of zakat beneficiaries.

Currently, WZF members are representatives of zakat institutions and zakat experts from 21 countries, that are Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, UK Raya, Egypt, Morocco, Uganda, Sudan, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States.

Mr. Bambang Sudibyo who is also the Chairman of the National Board of Zakat (BAZNAS) said that since the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar occurred, BAZNAS also distributed relief aid to the refugees with zakat, infak and shodaqoh donated by the muzaki BAZNAS.

(Source: |Transl: Lala/Puskas)