Saudi Arabian Zakat system, model for other countries
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VOI NEWS 17.03.2017, 09.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7
World Zakat Forum 2017 was held in Jakarta on March 15 and 16. The zakat activists of 16 member states met and shared their experiences a series of events such as lectures and panel discussions. Economic Adviser to the Board of Saudi Arabian Ministries, Dr. Saleh Ali Alwaji conveyed the experience of Saudi Arabian government on imposing zakat or obligatory alms to individuals and companies. He expressed hope that it could be applied in other Muslim countries.
"Thank God, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been doing that and we encourage entrepreneurs, companies and institutions to continuously pay zakat and the Saudi government have the media to force them to implement their obligations. The general treasurer of the government each year distributes zakat from the zakat payers, so that the zakat recipients could have a monthly salary, and distributes aid in winter and for students. We hope it can also be applied in other Islamic countries," he said.
Saleh Ali Alwaji further explained that the zakat revenue of Saudi Arabia last year reached more than 15 billion real. The institution provides funding every week to the social ministry through the social security institution whose role is to distribute alms to about 3 million zakat recipients. (rifai trans by Alika/edit r)
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