ACTNews, JAKARTA – Chairman of Syarikat Islam (SI) organization, Hamdan Zoelva, visited Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Head Office in Cilandak, South Jakarta, on Wednesday (3/13) afternoon. Zoelva’s visit was to return the courtesy after ACT’s visit to SI’s office in mid-February.
Zoelva along with several SI members were warmly welcomed by ACT President and leaders. In this visit, ACT and SI discussed several topics including waqf. He said that waqf is a solution to eradicate poverty. “Through waqf, empowerment programs can be supported to develop the ummah’s economy,” he said.
SI, through its waqf board, is interested to collaborate with Global Wakaf – ACT in its Waqf Retail Shop program. Additionally, SI wishes to have its waqf lands to be well-managed like the Waqf-based Food Barn and Waqf-Based Livestock Barn that Global Wakaf manages. Zoelva hoped that this waqf management could improve the society’s economy.
Based on the data from Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs, the total number of waqf lands in Indonesia has reached 2,686,536,656.68 square meters, around 268,653.67 hectares, the biggest waqf lands in the world. Indonesian Waqf board also manages around IDR 180 trillion of cash waqf.
Such immense waqf potential can help alleviating poverty in Indonesia. Therefore, Global Wakaf and SI plan to collaborate in waqf management. The collaboration between Waqf-based Food Barn and Waqf-based Livestock Barn from Global Wakaf and SI Waqf Board will bring a good opportunity to empower the society through waqf management.
ACT President Ahyudin stated that good waqf management could be the best solution to the problem of poverty. The waqf-based enterprises could create massive employments that can involve a lot of people.
Ahyudin added that the produce from the Waqf-based Food Barn had benefitted the society, including the surrounding communities. Many farmers no longer have to get in debts for their capital. “We also benefit people in war-torn and famine-stricken countries such as Palestine and Somalia. The food aid that we sent was partly produced by the Waqf-based Food Barn,” explained Ahyudin.
Zoelva hoped that the waqf collaboration would be done smoothly and able to improve the welfare of the people of Indonesia through waqf-based economic empowerment.