According to a recent UK-based poll, Muslims emerged as the biggest charity givers among the British nationals. The poll stated that each Muslim individual that gave in charity, paid at least £371, while the next best were Jewish donors, who in comparison each paid a markedly lesser amount of £270.
Meanwhile, the Protestants living in the UK each paid £202, and the Christians and the Roman Catholics both opted to stay at the £178 mark, ranking as the lowest amongst the religions. In an effort to be unbiased and just, the poll also decided to include the atheists who were recognised as charity givers. This group of nationals each paid an amount of £116.
It is a widely known fact that the reason for such large amounts of charity from the Muslims can be attributed to one of the five fundamental pillars of Islam that is namely Zakat – which basically means to give in charity. Islam encourages its followers to pay Zakat to their lesser privileged counterparts who may be in dire need of monetary funds and provisions. In fact, it is incumbent upon each Muslim to give away in charity a minimum of 2.5% of the wealth he or she is in control of each year.
According to renowned charity organizations such as the poll organiser JustGiving, a large number of Muslims opt to pay online due to the convenience that it provides and also for the assurance that their donations will actually be reaching their fellow humans in need of it the most.
A vast amount of Muslims prefer to pay to religious organisations such as Muslim Aid, while yet others decide to donate their money to cancer- research funds and other such human-aid organisations.
Zarine Kharas, chief executive of JustGiving, said: “Our data shows many of Britain’s Muslim communities are at the forefront of digital giving, driving an increase in zakat donations.”
Farooq Murad, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “It highlights the true spirit and reality of Islam in Britain, in caring not just for the community but also humanity at large and supporting national causes.”
These figures may shock many in the wider community, especially the segment of the public who are regularly glued to their TVs and under the influence of negative opinions about Muslims. Polls such as these are a wake up call for those unfamiliar with the reality of Islam, which is a peaceful and kind religion which promotes the good treatment of all humans across the earth.
It also sheds light on the dangers of religions such as Atheism, where the lack of a belief in God and judgement for your deeds performed in your lifetime leads to reduced levels of care and compassion for their fellow mankind. The survival of the fittest mentality means most atheists end up incredibly selfish, and only think of themselves rather than helping others.
The significance of the poll can not be underestimated, and is a great example for the world to see the true spirit of Islam.
By Aida Idrees