RZ LDKO CilegonBANDUNG. Zakat merupakan salah satu kewajiban yang harus dilaksanakan oleh setiap kaum muslimin dalam rangka mensucikan diri dan harta yang dimiliki. Tidak hanya itu, Zakat pun memiliki peranan untuk memberantas kemiskinan serta menggerakkan perekonomian bangsa.

Dalam acara Hari Zakat Nasional yang diperingati setiap tanggal 27 Ramadhan, yang kali ini dihelat di Masjid Al-Muttaqien Gedung Sate, Jl. Diponegoro No. 22, Kota Bandung pada Selasa sore (14/7), Gubernur Jawa Barat Ahmad Heryawan mengatakan bahwa zakat memiliki potensi besar sebagai instrumen pengentasan kemiskinan dan penggerak perekonomian bangsa.

“Zakat instrumen penting negara dalam rangka mengentaskan kemiskinan dan penggerak perekonomian bangsa,” kata Aher dalam sambutannya.

“Zakat juga selain mensucikan, namun memiliki makna dalam mengembangkan atau melipatkan gandakan rezki seseorang,” tambah Aher.

Sementara itu, Kepala Baznas Provinsi Jawa Barat Arif Ramdhani, bahwa peringatan Hari Zakat Nasional yang baru digelar untuk yang kedua kalinya ini mengambil tema “Indonesia Berzakat, Zakat sebagai Penggerak Ekonomi Bangsa”. Menurut Arif, peringatan ini sebagai upaya untuk mensosialisasikan serta mengingatkan zakat kepada kaum muslimin.

“Peringatan hari zakat ini sebagai upaya untuk mensosialisasikan zakat kepada masyarakat agar bagi mereka yang sudah mampu untuk menunaikan zakat,” ungkap Arif dalam sambutannya.

Potensi zakat nasional mencapai Rp 217 Triliun. Dan Rp 17 Triliun diantaranya berada di Jawa Barat atau potensi terbesar secara nasional. Namun, di Jawa Barat sendiri potensi tersebut baru dimanfaatkan oleh lembaga-lembaga Zakat hanya sekitar Rp 3 Triliun.

Selain di Bandung, peringatan Hari Zakat Nasional tahun ini juga digelar di 9 kota lainnya. Dalam acara peringatan Hari Zakat Nasional ini, Aher juga secara simbolis memberikan paket buka Puasa serta santunan dan berbuka Puasa bersama 500 Anak Yatim.

Turut hadir serta mendampingi Gubernur Jawa Barat dalam acara ini, Wakil Gubernur Jawa Barat serta Giselawati Mizwar, Ketua Forum Zakat Wilayah (Fozwil) Jabar, Plt. Sekda Jawa Barat, Asisten Daerah Bidang Kesejahteraan Rakyat Setda Provinsi Jawa Barat, para Kepala OPD di lingkungan Pemprov Jabar, serta pimpinan lembaga Zakat di Jabar.***

Sumber : http://www.jabarprov.go.id/index.php/news/13202/2015/07/14/Aher-Zakat-Instrumen-Pengentasan-Kemiskinan

RZ LDKO CilegonBANDUNG. Poverty in the simplest terms can be defined as a lack of basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter. In other words, it is the absence of the means, of course money, to fulfill those needs.

It is a matter of great concern that poverty is rampant in the Muslim world. What is the reason behind that and how to eradicate poverty? Muslim intelligentsia must think about this issue.

As a matter of fact, poverty among Muslims should have been nonexistent because Islam strongly advocates helping others and encourages philanthropy. There are five pillars of Islam. Of them, four deal with one’s relationship with Allah. The fifth, which unfortunately Muslims tend to forget, deals with ties between fellow Muslims. In numerical order, it is third in number. It is Zakat. Although, it is also between Allah and His servant but directly impacts others. As a matter of fact, Islam has created this institution to fight poverty. This is why Allah has put Zakat after Shahadah and prayer but before Fasting and Haj.

As all of us know the five pillars of Islam are:

l Shahadah: There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

l Salah: The five daily prayers.

l Zakat: Social responsibility is considered part of one’s service to God; the obligatory act of Zakat enshrines this duty. Zakat prescribes payment of fixed proportions of a Muslim’s possessions for the welfare of the entire community and in particular for its neediest members. It is equal to 2.5 percent of an individual’s total net worth, excluding obligations and family expenses.

l Sawm: Fasting from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.

l Haj: A once in a lifetime pilgrimage to Makkah if one can afford it.

After understanding the concept of Zakat a bit, the question arises as to why then there is poverty among Muslims. Despite being rich in all kinds of natural resources and with a fairly large number of billionaires, majority of Muslims are living in poverty. Zakat on one billion dollars is around $25 million and this amount can go a long way in helping many to manage for food, clothing and shelter. Zakat can eradicate poverty and when you eradicate poverty, you can eradicate corruption, social injustice, human trafficking, reduces crimes and most important is that you save the dignity of a human being.

There are many countries in the Muslim world that are rich in resources but poverty is beyond imagination. Somalia and Yemen are examples of how poverty is destroying the social fabric. In the past, these two countries were the main food and livestock exporters of the region. We can also cite the examples of Iraq and Libya, which are two of the richest countries in natural resources and still people are suffering from poverty.

Poverty can be eradicated from the Muslim world if all Muslims start taking the institution of Zakat seriously, which is mandatory. It would be pertinent to mention here that Sadaqah is not obligatory but a form of charity that even the poor can give the poorer. Muslims around the world have simply forgotten the third pillar of Islam.

Zakat and Saqdah cannot only help eradicate poverty but can also bring people closer — not only Muslims but also even people from other faiths. Omar Bin Khattab, one of the rightly guided caliphs of Islam, helped an old Jew from the Bait Al-Mal. Omar Bin Al-Khattab once said: If poverty were a man, I would have killed him. It is a shame to see many cities across the Muslim World full of beggars. And I am not talking about the organized phony beggars. I am talking about those who are left with no other choice. The Muslim world is full of resources and has many rich people but it is very important to be part of society and pay our dues. It is our responsibility to fight poverty and Zakat is the Islamic solution to this problem.

Source: http://www.arabnews.com/news/531401

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