Al Idrisiyyah Islamic Boarding School's Enthusiasm to Manage the Productive Livestock Waqf

Ahmad Tazzaka as Director of Business and Economics at the Al Idrisiyyah Islamic Boarding School was very grateful to be entrusted with managing dozens of waqf livestock. He hoped that he can optimize the existing waqf assets to empower the Islamic boarding schools and the surrounding community.

A student at Al Idrisiyyah Islamic Boarding School tends the waqf sheep that they just received from Global Wakaf-ACT. The pesantren and the local residents are entrusted with waqf livestock to support the economy of the locals. (ACTNews / Miftah Fauzi)

ACTNews, TASIKMALAYA - On an area of ​​4,200 square meters, cages for sheep to accommodate dozens of sheep. This land is a waqf land belonging to the government of Sukasetia Village, Cisayong District, Tasikmalaya Regency.

Here, 50 waqf sheep endowed through the Productive Livestock Waqf program will be reared. This program was launched by Global Wakaf – ACT to empower pesantrens and their surrounding communities by optimizing waqf funds. Al Idrisiyyah Islamic Boarding School in Tasikmalaya Regency is tasked with taking care of the sheep for the benefits of the Islamic boarding school and the surrounding community.

Officially receiving the sheep on Monday (2/1/2021), the board and students of Al Idrisiyyah Islamic Boarding School eagerly placed them in the cages that have been provided.

Ahmad Tazzaka as Director of Business and Economics at the Al Idrisiyyah Islamic Boarding School said that he was very grateful to be entrusted with tending dozens of waqf livestock. Ahmad hoped that he could optimize the existing waqf assets to empower the pesantren and the surrounding community.

"The waqf sheep that we will raise are the fruit of our collaboration with Global Wakaf-ACT. We will involve the local community in tending the sheep as a form of empowerment. In addition, we also hope that the fifty sheep entrusted to us will produce offspring that will help support the pesantren’s economy, especially to provide for students who come from underprivileged families," said Ahmad Tazzaka.

Using the profit-sharing system, the Islamic boarding school also employs local residents to tend the sheep so that the locals too can feel the blessing of the Productive Livestock Waqf.

The involvement of the local community aims to be a solution to the increasing poverty rate in the village, as stated by Tatang Saputra, Head of Sukasetia Village. "One of the problems that we all have to solve is the increasing poverty rate in this village. We all need to further empower the community. Through the synergy with Al Idrisiyyah Islamic Boarding School, Insha Allah we will strengthen community empowerment, including through the sheep waqf," said Tatang.



The management and students of Al Idrisiyyah Islamic Boarding School placing the sheep into the cages. (ACTNews / Miftah Fauzi)

Pesantren as a driving force to improve local economy

One of the main focuses of the pesantren which was founded in 1932 is economic development. There have been many forms of economic activities developed by the Idrisiyyah Islamic Boarding School. "Since it was first established in 1932, we realized that the presence of this pesantren serves not only as a driving force for education and preaching. We also have the duty to improve the locals’ economic independence. Alhamdulillah, with this Productive Livestock Waqf program, we the pesantren have become one of the parties involved in an economic empowerment project through livestock. We are not only objects of empowerment but also partners who will become the driving force in the revival of the people's economic independence," added Ahmad Tazakka.

The Productive Livestock Waqf program also brings other benefits for students whose self-sufficiency will be bolstered through this program. In this pesantren, 40% of the students come from underprivileged families. They will greatly benefit from the program.

Since its launch on January 23, the Productive Livestock Waqf program has handed over hundreds of waqf livestock to 7 Islamic boarding schools in Ciamis and Tasikmalaya regencies. "In 2021, Global Wakaf - ACT aims to reach 230 Islamic boarding schools in 20 provinces in Indonesia, with a total of 11,500 waqf livestock delivered to hundreds of pesantren. We hope that these waqf sheep will be well-tended, involving the locals and the pesantren tself so that it can improve the village’s economy, "said Fany Irfan as the Productive Livestock Waqf Program Coordinator. []