ACTNews, JAKARTA – In the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)'s time, many young people were among the first group to embrace Islam. This phenomenon is related to the revolutionary character of Islam. The young generation always welcomes every big idea different from the older generation who tend to follow traditions.
Therefore, the younger generation is expected to develop Islamic ideas, including playing a major role in developing cash waqf. The Millennials master the development of technology and understand digital marketing, which is the key to developing cash waqf.
“In the history of Islamic development, the foundation of civilization was built by young people who want to make changes,” said the Executive Director of the National Committee for Sharia Economics and Finance (KNEKS), Ventje Raharjo, in early March.
A group of Santani or Santri Taruna Tani develops rice seeds from the Productive Food Waqf program from Global Wakaf - ACT. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)
The Chairman of the Indonesian Waqf Board (BWI) Muhammad Nuh said that the millennials were an investment for the future of Islamic economics and Islamic philanthropy. BWI is also carrying out a literacy movement and socialization among young people, especially in campuses. “This step is important, to prepare a generation that is inclusive of the times and technology based on good waqf literacy,” he said.
The Productive Waqf Forum recorded recently that the number of participants is starting to be dominated by young people. Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Waqf Board (BWI), Imam T. Saptono said that this was inseparable from the role of digitalization.
“Digitalization will play a key role in increasing the participation of the millennials. It is also an important element in building a healthy waqf ecosystem,” he said in January.
He hoped that the millennials will be more active as a driving force of waqf at the national level in participating not only as the endowers but also as administrators of waqf so there will be competent, innovative, and energetic waqf administrators in the future.
Waqf and Innovation of the Youth
One of the innovations created by the young people related to waqf that has been started is the Greenwelfare Hydroponic Waqf. This innovation is driven by young people aged 15-20 years in Depok, West Java. The Executive Director of Greenwelfare, Nala Amirah stated that she and her team aspired to promote a healthy and environmentally friendly lifestyle by consuming plant-based foods through this Hydroponic Waqf program.
“Apart from being sold, some of the crops are given to meet the student's needs at Nurul Huda Islamic Boarding School in Depok,” she said in November 2020.
The proceeds are used as capital for further production. KNEKS Sharia Ecosystem Infrastructure Director, Sutan Emir Hidayat, stated that Hydroponic Waqf was the best example of the implementation of sharia principles by the millennials. This waqf raises money to buy hydroponic equipment and a greenhouse. This concept is known as a cash waqf.
“If more millennials aged 15 to 20 years move and develop productive waqf like the Greenwalfare, it will be able to develop waqf in Indonesia,” he said. Furthermore, this productive waqf activity can support the economy of people. Emir also hopes that Greenwelfare Indonesia can develop more of this Hydroponic Waqf project in the future.