Understanding the Duties and Responsibilities of the Nazir

Dr Hisham Dafterdar Chairman Awkaf Australia Ltd One of the important issues concerning awqaf is the appointment of an administrator (nazir or mutawalli) to manage the waqf. Shariah provides a principles-based criteria to the appointment of the nazir and to his duties and responsibilities. The guiding principles for the task of the nazir are based…

World Zakat Forum 2017

World Zakat Forum 2017: Strengthening the Role of Zakat as a Global Instrument to Eradicate Poverty The 5th International Conference of Zakat, which focuses on strengthening the role of zakat as a global instrument to eradicate poverty, was held in Jakarta on 15th-16th March 2017. This conference hosted by the World Zakat Forum in collaboration with…

Awqaf-Private Sector Partnership

Hisham Dafterdar, CPA, PhD Chairperson Awqaf Australia Ltd Awqaf is a faith-based economic sector accounting for a significant share of the Islamic financial system. The Islamic institutions of zakat and waqf are two socio-economic development models having the objective of achieving equitable redistribution of wealth and income. As an act of piety, awqaf provides a…

Launch of Sadaqa Initiative

Today the World Zakat Forum at Jakarta is coming to a close. On this occasion I have an important announcement to make. Today we are launching the Sadaqa Initiative at http://www.sadaqa.in. It involves setting up a Sadaqa Academy that will offer certification programs for zakat, waqf and other Islamic social finance professionals. The certified amil…

Awqaf Beneficiaries – Venerable or Vulnerable?

Hisham Dafterdar, CPA, PhD Chairman Awkaf Australia Ltd The waqf is a feature of Islamic civilization; and it’s not so much about the grand mosques that awe and inspire, or the magnificent shrines that amaze and impress. It’s more about the schools and universities, the hospitals, orphanages, and nursing homes that serve and care.  It…

Maqasid al-Shariah, SDGs and Environment

In this blog I seek to demonstrate the convergence of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in general, and the goal of climate management in particular with the objectives (Maqasid) of Shariah (MaS). Since the MaS should determine the trajectory of Islamic finance, the latter should be geared towards achievement of the SDGs in general and climate management…

Zakat Payment to Non-Muslims: Revisiting the Issues

In an earlier post (Should zakat be used for humanitarian finance?) I discussed whether zakat payment is exclusively meant for Muslims, noting the divergence of views among scholars on this issue. There is, of course, nothing whatsoever, in Islamic law against payment of other forms of (non-zakat) charitable contributions to non-Muslims. The Malaysian state of Perlis…