The National Zakat Board of Zakat (BAZNAS) has been recognized as the ‘’Best Zakat Distribution platform and Humanitarian Award category at the Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA), the event was conducted in Cape Town, South Africa.
The awards were received directly by the BAZNAS Chairman, Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo MBA CA on Monday, 9th September 2019 With Assisted by the Consul General for Cape Town, Khrisna Adi Putranto, Director of BAZNAS, Arifin Purwakananta and Director of Distribution and Utilization of Zakat BAZNAS, Irfan Syauqi Beik. Commenting on the win, Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo MBA CA , the BAZNAS Chairman said: ‘’This award is international recognition of the management of zakat in Indonesia and recognized BAZNAS as a trusted, efficient zakat agency’’
"The world sees the effort of zakat management regarding it faced several issues in society, comprised of the economy, health, education, and social humanity. I hope this award could be encouraged for zakat practitioners in Indonesia as if we are willing to do something good, it will happen," he said.
Through zakat distribution programs, including humanitarian in various regions at local and abroad BAZNAS purposed to alleviate poverty approximately with a minimum of one percent of the number of poor people in Indonesia each year. “I would like to express my gratitude to the Vice Chairman of BAZNAS, the Commissioners, the Staffs, as well as all amilin (Male Staffin Arabic) and amil – wati (Female Staff in Arabic) for their effort so that BAZNAS received two GIFA 2019 awards for the second time" he replied.
The Director of Zakat Empowerment and Endowment to the Ministry of Religious Affairs to the Republic of Indonesia, Muhammad Fuad Nasar expressed his appreciation. "Congratulations and may success be with BAZNAS, which in 2019 BAZNAS has been recognized by the GIFA Awards for the category of Best Zakat Distribution Program and GIFA Humanitarian Awards. Hopefully, the award will escalate the BAZNAS’s performance gradually " he said.
In addition, He said, by winning the international awards obviously is not our main purposes, moreover, it is the confession of BAZNAS’s creation and innovations. BAZNAS should be the role of the best Zakat agency for all zakat institutions.
"The Ministry of Religious Affairs encourages all zakat agency should be focusing on building awareness of zakat and facilitate the ease of paying zakat, both individuals and business institution, and distribute it to those who are needed," he said.
According to Fuad, zakat is one of the pillars of Muslim social finance that provide solutions for well-being issues and overcomes inequality in Socioeconomic. Redistribution of wealth through zakat, donations, alms, and endowments as the evidence of contribution to Ummah for implementing the world economic balancing.