The Secretary-General of the World Zakat Forum, Prof. Dr Bambang Sudibyo delivered Melaka Resolution 2018 in front of 300 participants from 28 countries on the last day of the WZF conference in Melaka, Malaysia on Thursday (6 December 2018).
As a platform for the global zakat movement, the World Zakat Forum (WZF) has a role to increase the accountability of zakat management and cooperation in an effort to improve people’s welfare, including combating poverty.
The WZF held an International Conference with the theme: “Strengthening Global Zakat Cooperation in Improving the Welfare of the Ummah”, Bambang Sudibyo said accompanied by WZF Deputy Secretary General.
The conference discussed a variety of contemporary and current topics on the development of global zakat such as Zakat and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), Collaboration between National Alms, Strengthening the Role of the World Zakat Forum and Good Amil Governance as well as Increasing Transparency and Accountability of Zakat Institution. The Conference also noted the growing role of zakat in solving global poverty and inequality and proposed new approaches utilizing the third pillar of Islam.
Based on the two-day discussions, the WZF resolves as follows:
- The philosophy and core values of zakat should be strictly observed in increasing the welfare of Ummah.
- Zakat should be considered as a complimentary financial resource in the achievement of SDGs.
- The role of zakat in combating poverty and advancing social inclusion shall be promoted.
- The WZF calls on all its members to adopt zakat as a critical policy instrument in socio-economic development in their respective countries.
- WZF urges all members to adopt:
a) The “Zakat Core Principles (ZCP)” to improve the quality of zakat management.
b) The principles of “Risk Management on Zakat Institution (RMZI)”.
c) The principles of “Good Amil Governance on Zakat Management (GAGZM)”.
- All WZF Members are required to be transparent and accountable in publishing their reports to the public.
- Stronger cooperation and networking among WZF members are highly encouraged.
- Strengthening the capacity of Zakat Management Organizations (ZMO) in Muslim minority countries is highly encouraged.
- The WZF members express condolences to the victims of the natural disaster in West Nusa Tenggara and Central Sulawesi of Indonesia, and compassion to the victims of social conflicts like the Rohingyas, the Palestinians and other similar communities of the world. The WZF calls for collective actions to recover and rehabilitate the affected people.
- The Conference calls on all Muslim countries, including members of the OIC, and zakat organizations in Muslim minority countries to join the WZF.
- The WZF reiterates its willingness to cooperate with developing countries in combating poverty through blended financing of zakat and donation of the respective developing countries.
In this conference, 10 new countries namely Australia, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Ghana, Maldives, Senegal, Liberia, Togo, Benin and Sierra Leon later became members of the WZF so that the WZF had as many as 33 countries.
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About the World Zakat Forum
The ideas of World Zakat Forum establishment arose in response to the needs of the development of the world zakat movement. During a meeting of the World Zakat Forum (WZF) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, in 2007, Indonesia was appointed to host the first WZF conference. Three years later, on 30th September 2010 during World Zakat Forum International Conference 2010 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, this forum is officially established. Initially, this Forum was attended by 9 representatives from international alms institutions such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, England, Bahrain, Jordan, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia. In this first conference Prof. Dr KH. Didin Hafidhuddin was appointed as the first Secretary-General of the World Zakat Forum until 2013, on the next term, this position was held by Dr Ahmad Juwaini until 2017. Currently, Prof. Dr Bambang Sudibyo is elected as the third Secretary-General of the WZF beginning from March 2017.