Strengthening the Waqf Ecosystem in Indonesia

Collaboration with various parties can strengthen the waqf ecosystem. The collection of cash waqf can be maximized with a conducive ecosystem.

One of the productive waqf cash distribution is agricultural-based programs. (ACTNews/ Reza Mardhani)
One of the forms of productive waqf utilization is the funding of agricultural-based programs. (ACTNews/ Reza Mardhani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA –The waqf ecosystem in Indonesia must be strengthened by various parties. This was conveyed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs through the Director-General of Islamic Community Guidance, Kamaruddin Amin, in a series of events on the 59th Anniversary of the Islamic Women's Center on Sunday (25/4/2021).

“There is waqif (the donor), nazir (the administrator), the waqf itself, and mauquf alaih (the beneficiary). We have to strengthen all of these elements. There should be management there. Our research shows that one of our weaknesses in the Indonesian waqf process is we have nazir who do not have maximum competence, "said Kamaruddin.

If in zakat there is a competency standard for an amil (people who collect and administer zakat) then for waqf this competency standard is still in process. Kamaruddin hoped that this process could be done immediately so that the nazir could be more productive and maximized.

Maximizing agricultural waqf programs can bring food security to the community. (ACTNews / Muhajir Arif Rahmani)

Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Waqf Board (BWI), Imam T Saptono expressed his appreciation for the National Cash Waqf Movement initiated by the government. According to him, this was needed to support a conducive waqf ecosystem in Indonesia.

"The ecosystem that is not yet conducive is one of the factors in the low level of accumulating cash waqf," said Imam to Republika in mid-January. Imam said there had to be an involvement of various parties, including Islamic mass organizations, academics, and the business world to make this movement successful.

The Commissioner and Head of the BWI's Management Division, Nurul Huda, explained that the scheme of this movement would be focused on three things. First, the Islamic financial sector, both in the form of savings and deposits. Second, the development of the Islamic capital market. Third, development of the real sector, education, and agriculture.

The aims of the National Cash Waqf Movement are in line with the programs initiated by Global Wakaf- ACT. The collected cash waqf is converted into the productive waqf programs, namely Productive Rice Waqf, Productive Livestock Waqf, Productive Food Waqf, Productive Water Waqf, and Productive Capital Waqf.[]