The International Conference on Fiqh Al-Zakat Education (PAPFIZ) served as a platform for discussions among local and foreign Islamic scholars, thinkers, researchers, policymakers, experts, active practitioners and academicians in the field of zakat (tithe).
The two-day conference is aimed at discussing issues pertaining to zakat collection, distribution and management while disseminating knowledge and exchanging information that can be applied to the development of Islamic economy through zakat.
The opening ceremony was held at Musyawarah Hall of the International Convention Centre (ICC), Berakas yesterday, launched by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah.
PAPFIZ International Conference is part of the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) to enhance business activities that contribute towards the country’s economic development.
Dean of Syariah Faculty at Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) Dr Haji Noralizam bin Haji Aliakbar, in his capacity as the Co-Chairperson of PARFIZ International Conference, explained that zakat is one of Islamic pillars obliged to be paid by abled Muslims to those who are entitled to receive it.
With proper and well management of zakat, it could become a potential economic resource in developing general welfare of the society, he said.
“Zakat money also relates to social and economic issues in society. This is because zakat serves as a tool in eradicating poverty, and eventually raise awareness or educate abled bodies to be socially responsible,” the dean said, adding that “the functions and benefits of zakat could prevent the accumulation of wealth in individuals.”
Yesterday’s event also saw the presentation of a premiere paper delivered by Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Pengiran Dato Seri Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar on ‘Empowering Socio-Economy of the Ummah through Zakat’.
Some 20 working papers will be discussed and delivered throughout the conference.
Yesterday’s morning session saw six paperworks delivered concurrently, while another six delivered in the afternoon session.
The PAPFIZ International Conference will resume tomorrow.