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Unleashing full power of zakat during pandemic

  • Abd Rohim Ghazali and Erni Juliana Al Hasanah Nasution

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 22 2020   /  01:22 am
Easy pay: A volunteer serves a man paying zakat (alms) at Nurul Hidayah Mosque in Jakarta on May 14. The mosque management is providing a drive-through service to reduce physical contact amid the spread of COVID-19. (JP/Seto Wardhana)(alms) at Nurul Hidayah Mosque in Jakarta on May 14. The mosque management is providing a drive-through service to reduce physical contact amid the spread of COVID-19. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Easy pay: A volunteer serves a man paying zakat (alms) at Nurul Hidayah Mosque in Jakarta on May 14. The mosque management is providing a drive-through service to reduce physical contact amid the spread of COVID-19. (JP/Seto Wardhana)Islam has financial instruments to alleviate poverty and distribute income fairly. Known as ZIS, they comprise mandatory tithes or zakat, infaq (voluntary charity to a group of people) and sadaqah (alms to anyone); the instruments therefore help government programs to reduce inequality and improve social welfare, thereby promoting economic growth.

Zakat comprises small parts of any asset given to eight categories of receivers including the needy, the poor and people trapped in debt, and the conditions in line with Islamic teachings are regulated in the 2011 law on zakat management. The conditions of one type of tithes, the zakat mal, for instance, is ...