The role of family is very important. As the smallest unit of the society, its presence will determine the future of Islamic economic development. Therefore educating family on the importance of Islamic economics is extremely important. This was stated by Puskas BAZNAS Director, Irfan Syauqi Beik when he was invited by PT Pertamina Hulu Mahakam (PHM) in Balikpapan, East Borneo, on Sunday (7/8) to deliver a talkshow there.

Irfan in his presentation elaborated the role of family which can be divided into three. Firstly, family is the smallest economic unit that can play role as consumer supporting Islamic economic and business products such as being customer of Islamic bank and muzakki of zakat institution. Secondly, family is the place for educating future generation of the ummah. Children must be taught on the essence of Islamic economics so that this education will affect their character building.

Thirdly, family can also be effective pressure group towards continuous enhancement of Islamic economic system. For example, several years ago a famous restaurant was forced to comply with halal standard and certification because of public pressure conducted by many muslim families.

Irfan also called all participants to fulfill their zakat obligation. "Islam has given us a clear guidance that the best way to pay zakat is through formal and legal institution of amil," he said. This would be the way to optimize zakat role especially in alleviating poverty and reducing income inequality.

Other speaker, Ustaz Agus Khoirul Huda emphasized the role of Islam as guidance of life covering all aspects of life including economic aspect. This event was attended by management and employees of PT Pertamina Hulu Mahakam. In his opening speech, PHM Da'wah Body chief, Hary Setyawan, informed that zakat collection of PHM family could be increased by 60% last Ramadhan 1439 H compared to the previous year. He hoped that this increasing trend can be maintained in the future and optimization of zakat distribution program can also be increased.

(Puskas News | Puskasbaznas.com)