Ministry links growth in zakat collection with use of technology

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Religious Affairs has said that an increase in the collection of zakat (alms), managed by the National Alms Giving Agency (Baznas), in 2021 was the result of the use of digital technology.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in zakat transactions through digital (channels), thus increasing the number of muzakki (zakat donors),” said Tarmizi Tohor, director of empowerment of zakat and waqf at the Ministry of Religious Affairs. in a written statement received here Tuesday.

Earlier, Baznas reported that zakat collection increased to 516 billion rupees in 2021 from 385.2 billion rupees in 2020.

Meanwhile, the collection of zakat, infaq (disbursements) and sedekah (simple alms) reached 11.5 trillion rupees, he added. Baznas said 82% of the total was distributed in 2021 while the rest will be distributed in early 2022.

Tohor said the increase in zakat transactions through digital platforms has occurred because more information about zakat has been provided on social media. The use of digital technology has helped stimulate the participation of the younger generation in zakat, he added.

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“At Baznas and the National Alms Giving Agency (LAZ), there has been an increase in donations of up to 30-35% through (the use) of crowdfunding, e-commerce and digital wallets », He revealed.

The increase in zakat transactions reflects the generosity of Indonesians to help each other amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

“This (the pandemic) has become a chance for people to show their concern,” he added.

Earlier, Baznas chief Noor Achmad said his agency aims to raise Rs 26 trillion in zakat, infaq, sedekah (ZIS) and other religious social funds in 2022.

“For 2022, nationally, Baznas has a target of 26 trillion rupees,” said the chief of Baznas.

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