The digitization of zakat is an effort made by the government amid
technological developments in the industrial revolution era 4.0. Aside from being an
anticipatory effort, digital zakat management turns out to have both benefits and
conveniences that are more effective and efficient.
Head of the Social Service and Development Bureau of the Regional Secretariat of West Java Province Ida Wahida Hidayati said that the era of the industrial revolution is now encouraging zakat management to be more transparent and efficient. Not only that, digitalization is expected to increase the income of zakat itself.
“The use of technology in zakat is very relevant in improving the performance of zakat management,” Ida said in an international seminar “The 3rd International Conference of Zakat” which was held at Grha Sanusi Hardjadinata Unpad, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 35, Bandung, Thursday (3/10).
Through technology, said Ida, muzakki (people who have the obligation to pay zakat) can find out the distribution process carried out by amil zakat institutions to the mustahik (zakat recipients). This effort has been done by amil zakat institutions in Indonesia.
“Hopefully, the muzakki can access information related to the distribution of zakat more easily, so that it will further grow the trust of the muzakki in the zakat institutions,” said Ida.
The National Zakat Board (Baznas) itself has also developed a technology system that enables the management and distribution of zakat to be more optimal. Director of Baznas M. Arifin Purwakananta said, since 2016, Baznas has been collecting and managing zakat digitally.
Arifin said that the digital process had sharply increased the collection of zakat. Until 2019, it is predicted that the management of zakat will increase by 30%. “The average increase in digital zakat is 10-13%,” he said.
This international seminar was held in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics and Business Unpad with Baznas. The seminar was attended by the Chairman of the Central Baznas Prof. Bambang Sudibyo, as well as several speakers from local and abroad.
On the occasion, Unpad also collaborated with West Java Baznas which was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding represented by the Vice-Rector for Research, Community Service, Cooperation, and Academic Corporation of Unpad Dr. Keri Lestari, M.Sc., Apt., with West Java Baznas Chairman Arif Ramdani.*
Report by Arief Maulana
Translated by Trisha Adelia