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Jakarta Post

VP Ma’ruf calls on Muslims to increase ‘zakat’ to reduce inequality

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java   /   Thu, November 7, 2019   /  05:37 pm
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Paying it forward: A 'zakat' (alms) committee member serves a man paying alms at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.(The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said the zakat, if managed well, will decrease the welfare gap in the country. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th World Zakat Forum 2019 in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday, Ma’ruf said the zakat alms tax, one of the rukun Islam (five pillars of Islam), could have a direct impact on the social and economic condition in Indonesia, where 90 percent of the population is Muslim. “Islam allows everybody to collect as much halal wealth as possible but there is also an obligation to put aside some wealth to be given to the poor,” said the senior cleric and former Indonesian Ulema Council leader. Ma'ruf said the zakat potential in Indonesia was an estimated Rp 230 trillion but so far only about 3.5 percent, or Rp 8 trillion, of the potential was collected and managed. He expressed concerns over the large unmanaged...