Puskas BAZNAS has visited Airlangga University on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 in Surabaya. The meeting is aiming to strengthen the research collaboration among Puskas BAZNAS and many universities in Indonesia including Airlangga University. Puskas BAZNAS delegates its Director, Dr. Muhammad Hasbi Zaenal and its Senior Researcher Mr. Abdul Aziz Yahya Saoqi to conduct a meeting with The Head of Islamic Economics Department of Airlangga University Dr. Raditya Sukmana and his team as UNAIR representatives.

The meeting was discussing about the important of the book zakatnomics series for deepening the understanding of zakat knowledge not only for academician in the University but also the industry practitioners. Furthermore, Dr. Raditya Sukmana and His team explained briefly to Puskas BAZNAS delegations about their plan in writing the book of zakat for mining and manufacturing Industries, since there is no such existing book which discussing same issue.

Besides, according to the database of zakat collection of BAZNAS, the contribution of these industries particularly the mining industry to zakat collection is nil. Even tough, the contribution of the mining and manufacturing industries is quiet huge. The National Statistic Bureau (BPS) recorded that the contribution this kind of industries (mining and manufacturing) listed as the largest contributor industry towards GDP in 2019 by about 20.27% and it grows positively 4.5% yoy.

As such, the writing of book of zakat mining and manufacturing industries is extremely necessary as a guidance and to give understanding for academician in universities as well as industry practitioners about the important and the potential of zakat collection from mining and manufacturer industries. Hence, the collaboration in book writing regards this issue is a strategic thing that could become a feedback for BAZNAS itself to implement relevant policies and strategies to reap the potential of zakat from mining and manufacturer industries.

Eventually, at the end of the meeting, Puskas BAZNAS and Department of Islamic Economics of Airlangga University are signing the agreement letter as a legal standing between them in order to strengthen zakat research collaboration between Puskas BAZNAS, in a form of book writing of zakatnomics series.  Wallahu A’lam