The ministry is pinning the growth of the zakat collection to the use of technology

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Religious Affairs informed that the increase in the collection of zakatu (alms) managed by the National Alms Agency (Baznas) in 2021 was the result of the use of digital technology.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an increase in zakat transactions via digital (channels), thereby increasing the number of muzakki (giving zakat), said Tarmizi Tohor, director of zakat and waqf empowerment at the Ministry of Religious Affairs. in a written statement received here on Tuesday.

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

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

Tohor said the rise in zakat transactions through digital platforms has occurred as more information about zakat has been reported on social media. He added that the use of digital technology was able to increase the participation of the younger generation in zakata.

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“At Baznas and the National Alms Agency (LAZ), there has been a 30-35 percent increase in donations thanks to (use) crowdfunding, e-commerce and digital wallets,” he revealed.

The increase in zakat deals reflects Indonesians’ generosity in helping each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

“This (pandemic) has become an opportunity for people to show their concern,” he added.

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

“Baznas has a target of Rp 26 trillion for 2022,” said Baznas chief.

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