The Center for Strategic Studies (Puskas) BAZNAS in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics and Business, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University of Jakarta and University of Muhammadiyah Prof. Dr. Hamka (Uhamka) held the 5th International Conference of Zakat (ICONZ) on 22-23 November 2021. This activity is an annual conference that discusses topics related to zakat both in Indonesia and globally. The 5th ICONZ raised the topic “Digital Transformation of Zakat: Building Resiliency and Prosperity of Ummah in Times of Covid 19.”

The 5th ICONZ was opened by a speech delivered by Dr. Muhammad Hasbi Zainal (Director of Puskas Baznas who is also a Lecturer at the Sharia Economics Masters Program at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta), Anies Rasyid Baswedan (Governor of Jakarta Province), Prof. Dr. Amany Lubis, MA (Rector of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah), and Prof. Dr. H. Gunawan Suryoputro, M. Hum (Rector of Uhamka).

The 5th ICONZ consists of 3 plenary sessions delivered in Indonesian, English, and Arabic. Plenary session 1, which was presented in Indonesian, featured several speakers, namely: Ir. H. Muhammad Nadratuzzaman Hosen, MS, MEc, Ph.D (Baznas Commissioner & Lecturer of FEB UIN Syarif Hidayatullah), Prof. Dr. Hilman Latief (Former Chairman of LAZISMU), Firman Zainal Abidin, M.Ak (Chairman of BMH), and M. Faris Afif (Sharia Unit LinkAja). At the end of the plenary session 1, token appreciation was handed over from Puskas Baznas to FEB UIN Syarif Hidayatullah. In addition to the plenary session, there were also 50 articles presented in the parallel session.

This parallel session is divided into 6 groups. In the parallel session, there were two moderators and two speakers from FEB UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. Deni Pandu Nugraha, M.Sc and Dr. Nofrianto, M.Ag as moderator and discussant in parallel session 1. Then Dr. Sofyan Rizal, M.Si as the discussant in parallel session 2. And Adi Cahyadi, M.Si as moderator in parallel session 3. The 5th ICONZ is expected to be able to accelerate the study of zakat, especially in the current era of digital transformation.

The second day presented two plenary sessions. Plenary session 2 is presented in English. The resource persons in this second plenary session are Prof. M. Kabir Hassan, Ph.D (New Orleans University, USA), Dr. Ayub Miah (CZM, Bangladesh), M. Irfan Sukarna (DEKS Bank of Indonesia). The moderator for this plenary session is Dr. M. Arief Mufraini, M.Si (Lecturer of FEB UIN Syarif Hidayatullah). Deputy Minister of Religion Dr. Zainut Tauhid Sa’adi, M.Si delivered a key presentation after plenary session 2. In plenary session 3, which was presented in Arabic, there were 4 speakers, namely: Dr. Abid Smerat (Jordan), Dr. Oni Sahroni, MA (DSN-MUI), Muhammad Lawal Maidoki (Sokoto Zakat and Endowment Commission), and Dr. Yulizar D. Sanrego (DSN-MUI).

Vice Dean for Student Affairs, Alumni and Cooperation FEB UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nur Rianto Al Arif, SE, M.Si, CRA, CRP, CIB, CFP, AWP said that the collaboration of activities at The 5th ICONZ is one of the efforts to improve literacy and studies in the field of zakat, especially in the digital era. Active collaboration with various institutions is an effort to realize FEB UIN Syarif Hidayatullah as a Center of Excellence in Islamic economics and finance studies. This event is supported by Islamic Economics Department (Bachelor and Master Program) of FEB UIN Syarif Hidayatullah and HMPS of Islamic Economics.