Zakat’s Collective Power Can Drive Muslim Community’s Progress

The two dimensions of zakat concern our relationship with Allah and our relationship with our fellow humans. If managed properly, zakat can not only reduce poverty but also contribute to the progress of the Muslim civilization, says Ustaz Bobby Herwibowo, a member of ACT’s Sharia Supervisory Board.

Illustration. The two dimensions of zakat concern our relationship with Allah and with our fellow humans.. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – In every command that Allah has revealed to mankind, there’s always a dimension that concerns our relationship with Allah and a dimension that concerns our relationship with one another. These two dimensions are also apparent in zakat, an act of obligatory almsgiving for Muslims, as stated by Ustaz Bobby Herwibowo, a member of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Sharia Supervisory Board.

"The command to pay zakat was revealed to the Messenger of Allah in the year 2 AH. When this command was conveyed to the Companions, it immediately became a standard that zakat will strengthen society and a nation through the distribution of wealth from the rich to the needy,” explains Ustaz Bobby, Thursday (2/17/2022).

In the Quran, the command of zakat is mentioned in several verses, including in Chapter 30 (the Romans) verse 39. Ustaz Bobby further explains that the zakat-based economy is very powerful because it can grow very quickly. He provides an example that when Yemen was ruled the companion Muaz bin Jabal, the zakat alms from the local community was very well-managed so much so that the number of poor people declined rapidly to the point that they have to disburse the zakat to other Muslim territories.

According to him, if the collective awareness of the Muslims in Indonesia to pay zakat grows, it can help eradicate poverty. “Can you imagine what would happen if every Muslim in Indonesia whose wealth has reached the nisab pays the zakat? If the zakat donations are managed by a certified zakat administrator agency that has great programs, poverty can be eradicated in Indonesia in 10 years,” said Ustaz Bobby.

Ustaz Bobby hopes that hundreds of millions of Indonesian Muslims can pay their zakat regularly. Zakat is also a form of solidarity that can also ease the burdens on the members of the community and empower them. So, zakat can also be a driving force in advancing the Muslim civilization.

“Zakat is exactly like obligatory prayers. Not only that it is obligatory, but it is also a pillar of this religion. If you want zakat to grow, it is better for us to channel it collectively through professional, full-time, and accountable zakat administrators," Ustaz Bobby concluded.[]