Islamic Finance: Using blockchain to improve transparency of zakat process

Today I attended the first day of 2nd Islamic Fintech Dialogue (@ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). For now, I will like to share this interesting article…

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This article first appeared in Personal Wealth, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on August 27, 2018 – September 02, 2018.

The collection of zakat has been institutionalised in many Muslim countries. The promotion, collection and distribution of zakat are undertaken by the respective religious authorities according to shariah requirements.
However, there are several challenges, according to research papers. They include inefficiency, a lack of transparency in terms of how the funds are collected, managed and distributed, the differing views of Islamic scholars on how these should be dealt with and extensive bureaucracy.
To address these challenges, Dr Ziyaad Mahomed, associate dean of executive education and e-learning at the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), and his team have come up with an Islamic social financing app that leverages blockchain technology. The app — which won first prize in a competition organised by the Islamic Development Bank Group and the…

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