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The World Zakat Forum (WZF) Secretariat has pioneered The First World Zakat Forum Youth Symposium 2020 that is conducted from 16 – 17 May 2020, which also occurs on 23 – 24 Ramadhan 1441 H, as an attempt to synergize youth amil from all over the world as part of global zakat consolidation. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the symposium has marked its history conducted online with about 70 young delegates from the 16 WZF member countries attending the event.

The symposium has translated the potential of youths who are ‘Amil zakat professionals worldwide into the real movement of the global zakat, at best during the event. Furthermore, recognition on the potential of youth leadership in the WZF member countries demands further actions to position the role of the youth in the WZF future agendas. Therefore, the delegates and participants of the 1st WZF Youth Symposium 2020 have agreed on the following resolutions:

1. Urging the formation of WZF Youth organization as a legal platform for young ‘amil professionals to share their ideas and experiences. This is to be initiated formally in the upcoming World Zakat Forum Annual Meeting and International Conference.

2. Proposing the establishment of WZF Youth as subsidiary institution of the World Zakat Forum aiming at strengthening the role and the network of young amil professionals as an endeavor to optimize the global zakat potential.

3. Recommending a leadership position as deputy secretary general of the World Zakat Forum representing youth amil in order to accommodate growing dynamics of worldwide zakat management.

4. Calling all WZF member countries and member institutions to strengthen the role of zakat during this Covid-19 pandemic era.

May Allah shower His mercy on the endeavor to strengthen the role of the youth amil in global zakat movement.

 

Google Meet Platform
May 17, 2020

 

Day 1: World Zakat Forum (WZF) Youth Symposium 2020 

 

Day 2: World Zakat Forum (WZF) Youth Symposium 2020 

Introduction

The global campaign of zakat has been emerging significantly over the past few years. This movement at best has been strengthened with the establishment of the World Zakat Forum (WZF) in September 2010. Up to the date, the number of 38 countries has joined the WZF membership. The WZF existence of one decade has been critical for the global development of zakat. The WZF has provided substantial platform for the international stakeholders to share and gain relevant experiences of zakat administration worldwide.

Historically, the role of young generation has been vital in all aspects of development in a country. In this regard, such notion is also applicable for the improvement of global zakat campaign. This point thus demands a formation of particular association that can facilitate the young professionals of zakat. This platform is beyond meaningful, notably to share the youth aspirations that can be relevant for the advancement of zakat practices adapted to the current context. It is indisputably proven the role of young professionals who have been driving the innovation in many industries today, take the financial technology startups sectors. The youths have translated their aspirations into the engine of revolution that has brought novelties in that regard. That is, the youths have been benefiting the development in world in so many ways.

Against the backdrop as elaborated in the above texts, the WZF Youth Symposium is preliminary initiated by the WZF secretariat to bring together the youths who are zakat professionals from the recent 38 WZF member countries. The WZF Youth Symposium expects the young representatives, such as millennials of the WZF member countries. It is projected through the symposium, an international connection among the youth zakat professionals is built. Thus, they may share their experiences and thoughts that, to some degree, can drive the zakat development in their respective countries. This platform is of practical importance for WZF member countries. They can take the benefit for their young employees’ experiences. The platform is also beneficial for human resource division of zakat institutions.         

 

The Objective of the Symposium

The WZF Youth Symposium aims at the following;

  • Establishing a special platform for young zakat professionals to advance their experiences through sharing the information,
  • Pioneering several keys declaration of Youth Zakat professionals upon the commitment of campaigning the role of zakat worldwide, and
  • Initiating Youth Zakat Professionals association with several primary objectives to improve zakat administration.

 

The Theme of the Symposium

The symposium is proposed to raise the theme as follows;

“The Role of Millennials in the Global Zakat Movement”

 

The Concept of WZF Youth Symposium

The symposium is planned to be on air via Google Meet. The WZF secretariat is to distribute the letter of invitation to the 38 WZF member countries. Prior to the conference, a WhatsApp group platform is created to facilitate the interaction and communication among the participants. The symposium expects a 2-day run with the programmes are detailed in the following section. 

 

The Potential Participants

There are 38 member countries of WZF. The participants are expected around 5 young zakat professionals from each country. The criteria of the participants are:

  • Must at least have one-year experience in zakat institution
  • Must be from WZF member countries, if not, is recommended by WZF member countries
  • The Youth Zakat Professional refers to those the professionals under 40 years old.

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