The International Conference on Fiqh Al-Zakat Education (PAPFIZ) resumed for the second day at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, as part of the Brunei-Mid Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE).
Acting Secretary of Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) Haji Abdul Aziz bin Haji Akop delivered his ‘Management on the Implementation of zakat (tithe) in Brunei Darussalam’, while Deputy Mufti of Selangor, Malaysia, Sahibus Samahah Dato Dr’ Haji Anhar bin Haji Opir discussed ‘Pemerkasaan Pengurusan dan Pengelalaan Zakat Dalam Memajukan Sosio-Ekonomi Umat Islam: Pengalaman Insitusi Zakat Selangor.’
Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) Ra’es Dr Haji Adanan bin Haji Basar was the guest of honour.
Haji Abdul Aziz explained that the main scope in administrating zakat affairs in Brunei Darussalam focusses on identifying the operational approach and executing the collection and distribution of zakat, which is practised by the Collection and Distribution of Zakat Division (BAKAZ).
Discussions were also held on the distribution of zakat to asnaf fakir miskin (poor and destitute), and the challenges faced. The whole-of-nation approach in dealing with this was also highlighted, which calls on agencies (government, private and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to collectively work on reducing the poverty rate in Brunei Darussalam.
Meanwhile, Sahibus Samahah Dato’ Dr Haji Anhar in his online presentation explained that since 1994, the Selangor Board of Zakat has managed the collection and distribution of zakat.
In the first year of its establishment, the board collected RM7 million. Gradually, it developed as the zakat management institution in Malaysia. Last year, it collected RM913 million and distributed RM867 million.
The zakat distribution focusses primarily on meeting the social and educational needs of the asnaf, with 80 per cent of last year’s collection channelled towards this.