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This article aims to analyze the right and contextual uses of zakat as social tools in contemporary Muslim society in which poverty is a common phenomenon. Those who live in poverty suffer many difficulties in improving the quality of their lives. The need for proper education and healthcare decrease their capacity to consume. This situation makes them unable to access more economic resources so that their share of development becomes less. In such economic and social situation, zakat is endorsed as stabilizer and balancer for people living in poor to enable them survive and even sustain and gain strength to compete. For this issue, zakat emerges with a bright future for people development and hence requires a more professional management.

Kata Kunci: zakat, pembangunan, masyarakat

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