The Achievement, Implementation and Future of a Cooperative Zakat Model in the Inland Empire and Beyond
June 28th, 2018
By Husam Suleiman
The course of this submission is to detail the creation and implementation of a cooperative zakat distribution model in a geographic area encompassing over a dozen mosques and Islamic organizations. The first section opens by outlining the initial state of zakat management in the given region, resulting from the implementation of a decentralized model. The section concludes by highlighting the respective strengths and weakness of the initial model in the region. The second section defines a set of objectives and procedures aimed at correcting the zakat management in the region by capitalizing on a unified approach. The third section describes the attempted implementation of a centralized system in the region with the newly created process, ultimately resulting in an unsustainable model. Having failed with a decentralized and centralized model, the fourth section details the creation of a hybrid; the cooperative model. This section summarizes the beneficial attributes of the centralized and decentralized methods ultimately incorporated into the hybrid. The section closes outlining the initial results of the hybrid model, which was very encouraging as zakat distribution was standardized and efficiency was increased. The fifth section concludes the paper with suggestions to further improve zakat management within, and beyond, the geographic region with the continued use of a cooperative model.