JAKARTA — Lazismu achieved the BAZNAS Award 2023 held at Puri Agung, Hotel Sahid Jakarta, on Tuesday (21/03). The National Amil Zakat Agency (BAZNAS) of Indonesia awarded figures, institutions, and universities that have made a positive contribution to the development of national zakat. The event also marked the 22nd anniversary of BAZNAS.
The Vice President of Indonesia, K.H. Ma’ruf Amin, highlighted that the potential of zakat can be leveraged to develop the zakat ecosystem. Educating public about zakat should be continued so that they can understand what Allah commands and prohibits. Zakat management should professionally performed by zakat managers.
“The collection and utilization of zakat are expected to increase, and the beneficiary can be wider. The main component of zakat comes from the components of the origin of zakat, the muzakki (the management of zakat (zakat collection system, zakat distribution system, and zakat utilization system)), and mustahik (the zakat receivers) including professional and reliable zakat plan, collection, and distribution, as well as certification for the muzakki,” said Ma’ruf Amin.
The Chairman of BAZNAS Indonesia, Noor Ahmad, said trends occurring two years ago were surprising. During the pandemic, people were eager to donate to help one another. The younger generation also participated in distributing endowment funds.
“During the COVID-19, the power of zakat turned out to be extraordinary for the people and was awaited by the community. Its blessings are incredible, and hopefully the end of COVID-19 is, one of them, due to zakat. The increase in the amount of zakat and the participation of young people may eradicate poverty,” said Noor Ahmad.
In addition, in the BAZNAS Award 2023 attended by the Vice President of Indonesia, ministers, representatives of Islamic organizations, community leaders, and invited guests, Lazismu won the best award in the category of National Zakat Amil Institution (LAZNAS) with the Best Humanitarian Program. The award was handed over by the Deputy Chairman of BAZNAS of the Republic of Indonesia, Arifin Purwakananta and received by the Chairman of the Lazismu, Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais.
The Chairman of the Lazismu, Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais, said that this award will be a motivation for the amil to continue to improve their performance. The BAZNAS Award is also expected to increase public trust.
“Alhamdulillah, Lazismu has won an award in the LAZ (National Zakat Amil Institution) category with the Best Humanitarian Program in the Baznas Award 2023. Hopefully, this award will be a motivation for Lazismu to continue to improve its performance and provide an impact and benefit to the wider community. This BAZNAS award is expected to increase public trust in distributing their zakat, endowment, and alms (ZIS) through Lazismu,” said Rais.
Regarding the upcoming month of Ramadan, Rais also encouraged Muslims, especially Muhammadiyah members, to distribute their ZIS through Lazismu. “Let us use the momentum of Ramadan to excel in our worship, especially ZIS. May our good deeds be rewarded by Allah,” said Rais.
The President Director of Lazismu, Edi Suryanto, said that this award could motivate Lazismu to do better, especially in humanitarian programs.
“Indeed, Lazismu can improve the administration of humanitarian programs including preparedness, emergency response, rehabilitation, and reconstruction so that an ecosystem in humanitarian programs can involve more parties and partners and the programs can provide measurable and sustainable impacts for the fulfillment of various indicators in achieving the SDGs,” said Edi.
Previously, Lazismu had won the Best Winner I for Philanthropy Category at Indonesia’s SDGs Action Awards 2022 given by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to various parties who supported the achievement of SDGs.