MUHAMMADIAYAH.OR.ID, YOGAYAKARTA – Indonesia is included in top 10 of the World Giving Index (WGI) 10th Edition. Chair of the Muhammadiyah Zakah Management Body (LazisMu) Hilman Latief conveyed that it becomes a strong asset for Indonesia’s awakening.
Hilman stated that Indonesia is a prone-disaster area, and the people are willing to help one another. Their behavior and concepts of generosity in religion contributes to the scoring.
“We have to be grateful. However, we confront harder challenges in this pandemic so that we need to redefine philanthropy and generosity,” expressed Hilman at the preaching of Ramadan Sehat dan Aman (Healthy and Safe Ramadan).
He wished the redefinition would enable people to understand that philanthropy is about not only financial matters but also involvement in solving problems.
Besides, Lazismu would like to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because they have benchmarks and measurements, but the body would always arrange programs engaging many people.
“The people may not donate their money, but they may devote their energy and time. They can be volunteers who support and assist us,” he said.
Hilman conveyed that the youth’s vigor should be accommodated, and we have to maintain the spirit of the volunteerism because it’s an important aspect of philanthropy. The volunteerism should become a tradition so that it needs early education, and Lazismu created a program of volunteer cilik (children’s volunteerism).
“It’s aimed at arousing children’s and students’ sense of care including volunteerism, actively joining organizations, and supporting socio-humanitarian activities,” told Hilman.
The spirit of generosity should be supported by Islamic concepts such as ta’awun, tafakul, and others. Hilman deemed that the concepts should be interpreted systematically, contextually, conceptually, and practically. Therefore, today’s generation can grasp that what they do has Islamic, social, and humanitarian justification.