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Jakarta Post

Law on alms causes controversy

  • Ainur Rohmah

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Fri, April 20 2012   /  11:57 am

The enactment of Law No 23/2011 on zakat (alms) management by the House of Representatives has caused controversy during the 6th Zakat Forum (FOZ) national congress held in Semarang, Central Java, from April 17 to 19.

The party in favor of the act is led by the National Alms Agency (Baznas), while those against it were mostly members of the alms agencies established by individuals, foundations and local communities. Both are represented in the FOZ.

Arif Nurhayadi, director of the Central Java alms institution, Lazis, said many of the articles in the law were not clear and capable of multiple interpretations and thus could create implementation problems.

“Article 38 on alms management by mosques, associations and Islamic boarding schools (pesantren), for example, requires registration at the Baznas. Yet, there is no detailed explanation on how this should be impleme...