• +250
    high - level Participants in Academic Seminar
  • +1000
    Participants in Public conference
  • +70
    Expert Speakers
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International Zakat Conference Kerala - 2018

Baithuzzakath Kerala organizes an international Zakat conference from April 27-29 in Ernakulum , to highlight and dessiminate the social development aspects and societal relevance of the Institution of Zakat in Islam.

Organized Zakat institutions are active in Kerala as a result of longstanding efforts of Islamic movements in the state. This has resulted in the adoption of collective Zakat initiatives by the mainstream Muslim society which had exhibited staunch resistance to such initiatives previously. Collective Zakat initiatives are widespread both in Muslim majority and minority countries. Muslim majority countries like Kuwait, Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan and minority countries like the USA and the UK have Zakat organizations functioning at the international level.

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Topics to be covered in the Conference

1. Zakath Theory and Practice

This head aims at the discussion on the theory, jurisprudence and larger goals (maqasid) of Zakath rigorously in the light of the primary and secondary sources of Shariah. Discussion on the evolving nature of Zakath to suit the changing time while keeping the basic tenets intact. The conference aims at relevant reproduction and creation of new perspectives on this matter which is a need of the highest order in the present day scenario.

  • The modern economic domains, sectors and activities to be revisited in the light of Zakath; Economies across the world have undergone drastic changes since the classic books in Fiqh have been written. It is plausible to any logical mind that the properties and sources of wealth on which Zakath is obligatory to be levied have to be explained in the light of Quran and Sunnah in contemporary times.
  • Revisiting the premises of Nisab and its applications in the light of the primary sources of Shariah; what are the 'illath' and 'hikmath' of 'nisab' and how do we ascertain the basis of qiyas in nisab.
  • Priority based approach in utilizing Zakath proceeds in the Indian sub continent; considering socio-political circumstances, sustainable infrastructure development, scalability and sustainability in Zakath programmes.
  • Zakath and Islamic Economics; the role of Zakath in the Islamic economic system; effect of Zakath on the macroeconomic system, Zakath and fiscal policy in an Islamic economic system, Zakath and economic development at the micro and macro levels.
  • Zakath policies and social service and developmental approaches; Zakath and its objectives at the individual level and societal level, comparison of general social projects and Zakath and their linkages, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Zakath, social projects planning, execution and review – comparative and divergent parameters in general social projects and Zakath projects, Zakath mobilization and management – comparative and divergent parameters between general social projects and Zakath projects.
  • The methodologies of Zakath sourcing; apportionment and distribution in Muslim minority countries (NGO Model, the mode of Wakalah, micro finance organizations etc.); Zakath mobilization and management systems in Muslim countries, the Euro-American models of Zakath mobilization and management, Afro-Asian models of Zakath mobilization and management, considerations on Zakath mobilization and administration in the schools of fiqh, the practicalities of the NGO model in Zakath management in the Indian circumstances, the fiqhi issue of Wakalah to a group of people, to a committee, confluence of people, body corporate and other entities other than the representatives of an Islamic government in secular countries like India.
2. Zakath and Social Development

  • Zakath to be revisited in the light of modern economic domains, sectors and activities; the Asnaf / Masarif and Shuroot of Zakath and the social development perspectives of the Islamic ideology, critical discussions on jurisprudential issues such as nisab, bases of nisab, Zakath on ornaments for personal use, provision for basic expenditures, passing of an year, Zakath management and administration models in the Islamic history, the wellbeing of individuals, the practical nuances of distributing Zakath, the process of prioritization in Zakath distribution and the Prophetic practices related thereto, globalization and localization in Zakath mobilization and distribution.
  • Rural and Urban orientations in Zakath programmes; workable models, priorities and criteria.
  • Zakath and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • Zakath and infrastructure development; Land, housing, vocation, drinking water, education etc.
  • Individual programmes vs. social projects; the Islamic validity and admissibility of executing Zakath projects on a societal scale yielding the usufruct to the beneficiaries, tackling the misuse / unintended use of Zakath by the beneficiaries and checks and controls possible for the attainment of the larger maqasid of Shariah, possibilities of joint ventures in which the Zakath beneficiaries are given monetary stake in which the other part are not from the beneficiaries, practical issues in the skill development and entrepreneurial success of the beneficiary.
3. Management and Administration of Zakath

  • Zakath management at Mahalla level; strategizing for enhancing participation and impact at the level of disbursement, strategizing for maximum impact, review and monitoring and continuous administration.
  • Cooperation of Zakath initiatives (local / national / international); joint and participatory projects, Zakath Database Management Systems (ZDBMS), data mining, data sharing and information management, training and internal / external skill development, review and audit, sharing of organizational learning, management of the learning curve of Zakath organizations, affiliations, recognitions and franchising of organizations at various levels. Integration of information technology in Zakath administration, International portal for information management in Zakath.
  • Central Zakath Policy Institute; possibilities at the national and international levels, regulatory and advisory roles of the institute, research, analysis and publications, advisory inputs taking into consideration the ground realities in the areas of mobilization, operations, distribution and execution, evaluation and review of Zakath projects.
  • Cooperation of Zakath initiatives and NGOs; how Zakath organizations can leverage the capabilities, experience and expertise of mainstream NGOs in achieving higher executive and operational impact.
  • Modern monetary transactional practices and its implications on Zakath; addressing the modern financial economy and its sophisticated and complex instruments, remittance mechanisms from the Zakath horizon.
  • Zakath Research, conferences and conclaves; Zakath related research and publication in Indian universities, books and research articles on Zakath in Indian languages, research institutes in Zakath.
  • Greater effectiveness in mobilizing Zakath (local / national / international); tools and techniques for higher penetration and larger mobilization.
  • Zakath organizations and the surrounding legal framework, limitations and possibilities; the legal frameworks in countries and at the international level supporting / hindering Zakath activities, legislation for the acknowledgment and protection of Zakath bodies in India similar to Waqf, integrating professional financial education and practices into Zakath systems, integrating Zakath systems to the mainstream legal and financial framework of the country, the legalities associated with international integration of Zakath bodies like the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
4. Zakath and the Development of Muslims in India

India is home to the second largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia. Indian Muslims are unique in many aspects. The irony is that it doesn't become featured in the planning process of the world Muslim organizations and institutions like the Islamic Development Bank as it is not regarded as a member country because it doesn't have a Muslim majority. So, separate consideration has to be meted out to the Indian Muslim population as it has got its unique traits and it is peculiarly positioned in the Global scenario.

  • The socio-political scenario in India; the priorities in Zakath utilization (refugees, those hearts to be brought nearer, unity within the ummah, economic development, poverty, unemployment, uplift of the backward classes among other issues.
  • Possibilities of a central Zakath agency at the national level in India; centralized and decentralized models, emphasis on improving the efficacy of the dimensions of mobilization, identification, execution and distribution.
  • Central Zakath Policy Institute; possibilities at the national and international levels, regulatory and advisory roles of the institute, research, analysis and publications, advisory inputs taking into consideration the ground realities in the areas of mobilization, operations, distribution and execution, evaluation and review of Zakath projects.
  • Models for Zakath collection, transmission and distribution at the National level
  • Metro city Zakath clusters; owing to the high density of population in metro cities, clusters can be utilized as catalysts for Zakath mobilization, adoption of Muslim backward areas by each cluster, the formation of such clusters in the first tier and second tier cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Cochin, Hyderabad etc. to be visualized.
  • Projects of International Zakath organizations in India; projects of high impact to be reviewed for lasting lessons and models, changes to be made and lessons internalized.
  • Zakath projects and Economic development of Indian Muslims; sustainable development can be achieved only through effective planning and management of Zakath operations, need and assessment based Zakath operations and projects, modern management techniques for social and individual need assessment and mapping.
  • Development of Kerala and the role of Zakath
  • Zakath Distribution and Collection – Kerala Model; the Kerala specific models of Zakath mobilization and distribution, the impact of the large localized Zakath network of Kerala in the basic infrastructural development for the beneficiaries, the uniqueness and leadership role of Keralite Zakath paraphernalia and its impact in the social development front, operations of international Zakath agencies and organizations in Kerala.
  • The economic development of Muslims in Kerala and priorities in Zakath programmes; economic development, land and housing, education, development of the backward classes.
  • Baithuzzakath Kerala – The Kerala Model of Zakath programmes; possibilities of a unified Zakath institution in Kerala, affiliation, franchising, training and audit for local Zakath institutions, academic and research activities in the domain of Zakath, participatory projects.
5. Zakath and Economic Development

Zakath needs to be elaborated and presented in light of modern economic theory in order to make it more appealing to the intellectual class and academia. The Zakath administrations can also take a lesson or two by incorporating economic and financial theories which are in harmony with the Islamic framework of knowledge.

  • Loan schemes and Zakath
  • Zakath and Industrial Projects
  • Zakath and Equity stock of companies
  • The possibilities of investing Zakath in stock markets, mutual funds and other investment avenues
  • Zakath and Islamic microfinance; possibilities of hybrid projects
6. The Showcase of Worldwide Zakath Institutions

This aims at sharing practical experiences at the ground level by elaborating on challenges faced, success stories, failures and reasons thereof and innovations in the area of Zakath administration.

  • Malaysia
  • Turkey
  • Sudan
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Indonesia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Bangladesh
  • India

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Organizing Partners

Academic Partners

Registration Process

Registration Fees – Normal
Categories Non-Indian Nationals Indian
NGO/Zakat organizations Leaders
USD 250 INR 6000
Paper Presenters and Students USD 150 INR 3000
Early Bird (Payment before 25TH February, 2018)
Categories Non-Indian Nationals Indian
Academician/Practitioner/ NGO/Zakat organizations Leaders USD 200 INR 5,000
Paper Presenters and Students USD 100 INR 2,500
  • 1. All delegates (paper presenters and other) can register through online at www.izckerala.in
  • 2. The delegates have to pay the registration fee at
    Baithuzzakath Kerala
    Axis Bank, Mavoor Road, Calicut
    A/C No: 917010070927988
    IFSC: UTIB0002916
  • 3. Your registration will not be confirmed until payment is received in full. Payment must be made in USD (For Non-Indian Nationals) or INR (for Indian Nationals).
  • 4. Registration Fee includes the conference Proceedings, Lunch, Morning & Evening tea - Snacks and dinner for first day.
  • 5. It is mandatory to send the payment Proof to the official Mail ID (mail@izckerala.in) only to confirm your registration before the last date of registration.