A recent survey found that Muslims in the UK donated more than £150 Million to charity during Ramadhan this year. The poll was carried out by Give Brite, an Oldham-based online fundraising and donation platform.
The phone survey, which included more than 25 charities, revealed that Muslims were more generous in Lockdown Ramadhan compared to previous years.
Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a time of fasting, charity and prayer. Throughout this month, believers are encouraged to be generous towards the poor and needy.
Give Brite CEO, Ali Shaan said, “Online fundraising is growing rapidly every year, Covid-19 has played a huge part in why people have donated so much. When faced by a calamity Muslims turn to God and carry out extra good deeds and give more to charity.”
“In 2016 according to World Bank estimates the annual global Zakat contribution was worth between $200 billion to $1 trillion.”
Despite being unable to carry out standard campaign activities such as community events and bucket collections in mosques, fundraising during Ramadan 2020 was better than expected.
In 2018, research found that £130 million was raised during Ramadhan. So there was about a £20 million increase in collections this year.
According to Civil Society News, Muslim Hands raised £2 million over three nights on Islam Channel. Last year, similar TV appeals helped to collect a total of £390,000.
Muslims are more generous during pandemic