Depok, West Java – December 8, 2016. Puskas BAZNAS, in collaboration with Center of Sharia Economic and Business, University of Indonesia (PEBS UI), held a national seminar on zakat with the theme “Reflection of National Zakat Management”. This event conducted in Center of Japanese Studies, University of Indonesia, Indonesia, Depok, West Java.

Some experts both scholars and zakat practitioners attended to the seminar, among them are Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo (Chairman of BAZNAS), Dr. Zainulbahar Noor (Vice Chairman of BAZNAS), Nana Mintarti, MP (Member of BAZNAS Board), Prof. Dr. Ari Kuncoro (Dean of FEB UI), Prof. Dr. KH Didin Hafidhuddin (Islamic Scholars, Academics of IPB), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akhyar Adnan (Academics of UMY), Yusuf Wibisono, ME (Academics of UI), and two guest speakers from Malaysia, Haji Azrin Dato’ Haji Abdul Manan (Pusat Pungutan Zakat) and Ust. Nor Azmi Hj. Musa (Pusat Zakat Negeri Sembilan).

Director of Puskas BAZNAS, Dr. Irfan Syauqi Beik, explained some progress of national zakat management in 2016. In terms of national ZIS collection, the total funds collected until August 2016 reached IDR 3.65 trillion, where 63.29 percent of the funds are zakat and the rest are infaq and other religious social funds. The number of individual zakat payers (muzakki) are 79.95 percent of the total national muzakki, while the remaining are institutional ones. On the other hand, in terms of distribution, the indigent-poor is the biggest group of zakat recipient (ashnaf), reaching 74.36% of total national recipient of zakat (mustahik), followed by ashnaf fi sabilillah of 22.4%. For the type of zakat distribution program, the social program tops the list with a proportion of 41.27%, followed by education, economy, dakwah and health programs, with proportions of 20.35%, 15.01%, 14.87% and 8.5% respectively.

In general, the ratio of ZIS distribution compared to the collection are quite effective. Riau Province is a province that has the largest recorded mustahik, followed by East Java, West Nusa Tenggara and West Java. In other words, zakat distributed in these regions have a very large number of beneficiaries, exceeding other regions.

It is expected that national zakat management quality is getting better in the future. Therefore, BAZNAS as the national coordinator of zakat management is expected to be strengthened and improved so that the optimization of zakat potential can be maximized for the society welfare. (ADA/