Muslims ‘Give Most To Charity’,Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds, :: News
Posted December 13, 2013on:
Muslims ‘Give Most To Charity’,
Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds
Muslims give more to charity than other religious groups, new research suggests.At almost £371 each, Muslims topped the poll of religious groups that give to charity. When they donated last year, atheists averaged £116, The Times reported (£).
The ICM poll found that Jewish donors gave an average of £270 per person.Roman Catholics averaged just over £178, Christians just under £178 and Protestants £202.
According to the poll of 4,000, carried out in conjunction with the JustGiving website, nearly four in 10 atheists did not donate at all, compared to three in ten Muslims, Catholics and other Christians, nearly three in ten Protestants and more than four in ten Jewish people.
JustGiving said a growing number of Muslims were making their charitable donations online.
Zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam, is the compulsory giving of a proportion of one’s wealth to charity.
JustGiving said religious charities such as Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief benefited most, but many donations also went to the likes of Cancer Research, Macmillan and the British Heart Foundation.
Zarine Kharas, chief executive of JustGiving, told The Times: “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.”
Muslims are Britain most generous charity givers
Muslims are Britain's biggest charity donors, then Jews, then Christians, then atheists. thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/arti…—
Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) July 20, 2013
Muslims are among Britain’s most generous givers, topping a poll of religious groups that donate to charity, according to new research.
Muslims who donated to charity last year gave an average of almost £371 each, with Jewish givers averaging just over £270 per person.
Nearly one in ten of Jewish givers donated more than £1,000.Among Muslim givers, most donated between £300 and £500.
Atheists, by contrast, donated an average of £116 when they gave to charity, with Roman Catholics giving slightly more than £178, other Christians slightly less than £178 and Protestants £202.
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