Islamic charity donors pay online for Ramadan

Islamic investment portal IslamiQ is offering users the ability to pay Zakah via the web, with the launch of its Zakah Payment Gateway

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By  Mark Sutton Published  December 11, 2000

IslamiQ, the Muslim finance and investment portal, is offering a service to allow Muslims to make Zakah payments online. The Quran states that all Muslims must pay a fixed proportion of their wealth to the poor, usually around 2.5%, called Zakah. With the Zakah Payment Gateway, donors are able to donate money directly to approved Muslim charities.

The site, which was launched earlier this year, provides investment advice on stocks and investments that comply with Shari’ah Law. The payment gateway is complemented with full information on Zakah to help explain the significance of this pillar of Islam and Zakah calculator to help users assess the amount they should pay.

Among the approved charities that will benefit from donations made through the gateway are Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid, Interpal, Muslim Hands Al-Muntada Al-Islami, AMPRO, Africa Muslim Agency and Medrasa Al Cezin. Information on the work of each charity will be featured on the site, and it also planned to introduce facilities for emergency appeals.

Dr Hasnita Dato Hashim, CEO of the IslamiQ Group commented: “This new service gives Muslims the opportunity to pay Zakah to a charity of their choice via the IslamiQ Zakah Payment Gateway. IslamiQ has carried out a rigorous due diligence process to ensure that all money donated via the Zakah Payment Gateway is channelled to appropriately vetted charities. It is intended that the site will become a key focus for those who are involved in and conscious of the requirement for relief work and investment in the global Muslim community.”

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