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Ministry to form special team to optimize zakat management

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Religious Affairs will form a special team to work with the National Alms Agency (Baznas) to optimize and build a better zakat (alms) management ecosystem.

“It is good that the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Baznas have formed a special team to find the issues that hinder the management of zakat,” Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said in a written statement received here on Friday.

Qoumas said Indonesia, where the majority of the population is Muslim, has great potential for zakat to bolster the people’s economy. Therefore, it is very unfortunate that the management is not optimal, he said.

He said one of the problems is people’s lack of understanding that zakat is obligatory for Muslims. So many people still think that zakat is the same thing as infaq (disbursements) and sedekah (simple alms), he said.

Therefore, massive socialization must be carried out jointly in order to change the misperception of zakat, he added.

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“If we don’t do it jointly, of course, Baznas’ task will be difficult. So, let’s reorganize the collaboration so that it can work well and create a good zakat management ecosystem,” he remarked. .

Baznas leader Noor Achmad welcomed the minister’s intention. Achmad said that so far the collaboration between Baznas, the ministry and regional governments has not been optimal.

“So far, there are still many problems related to the synergy and collaboration between the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Baznas, and especially the regional governments. We hope that we can find the solution together,” he said. -he declares.

According to the head of Baznas, the training of the task force is part of the strengthening programs launched by Baznas, namely the strengthening of institutions, management and organization, the strengthening of human resources, the strengthening of equipment and infrastructure, and strengthening of networks.

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