Professional Zakat’s Potential for Controlling Poverty

The collection of professional zakat in Indonesia is not yet optimal. Professional Zakat can play a role in reducing poverty.

Professional Zakat is used to support impoverished elderly. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – The potential for zakat collection in Indonesia is massive. Badan Amil Zakat National (BAZNAS) estimated that the potential zakat funds in Indonesia in 2019 alone reached IDR 233.84 trillion. Of this amount, the largest portion was the professional zakat with potential funds of IDR 139.07 trillion. In addition, according to the 2021 Indonesia Zakat Outlook, the potential zakat funds in Indonesia in 2020 alone reached IDR 327.6 trillion.

In reality, the collection of professional zakat in Indonesia in 2020 was still not optimal with only IDR 71.4 trillion or around 21.7 of the total potential zakat funds collected. Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin stated that the reality of the zakat collection is still far from the huge potential of zakat in Indonesia.

"Of all this potential, the joint research by BAZNAS and various other institutions stated that there were around IDR 61.258 trillion in Zakat, Infaq, and Sadaqah collection that did not go through official Zakat Management Organizations in 2020. Nationally, in 2019, the collection of Zakat, Infaq, and Sadaqah through official Zakat Management Organizations only reached IDR. 10.2. trillion," he said.

The collection of professional zakat, on the other hand, continues to increase annually but not significantly. In 2017, the collection of professional zakat amounted to IDR 2,785,208,957,779. In 2018, it increased to IDR 3,302,249,700,640, and 2019 saw another increase with IDR 3,951,113,706,297 collected.

According to INDEF economist Bhima Yudhistira, the collection professional zakat is a good step because it plays a role in controlling poverty, especially now that the poverty rate has soared due to the Covid-19 pandemic. "It (poverty) will be controlled if the collection of professional zakat is optimal," he said.

Optimization of Professional Zakat Collection

Sutaryo from Global Zakat-ACT explained that Global Zakat-ACT as an official zakat management institution continues to optimize the collection of professional in Indonesia so that the role of professional zakat as an instrument to control poverty will truly benefit the community.

“The optimization of professional zakat collection by Global Zakat - ACT continues to be improved. Through, it’s easier to pay professional zakat both monthly or annually can be done easily," said Sutaryo, Saturday (8/28/2021).[]