Muslims give more money, ‘Zakat,’ to charity than people of other religions, according to a new British poll. More than three in 10 Muslims, Catholics and Jews donated money during 2012, ICM Research found.
NBC News Followers of Islam gave an average of $567 compared to Jewish givers who donated around $412, according to the survey of just over 4,000 people in the U.K. Christians gave considerably less. Protestants donated an average of $308, while Roman Catholics gave around $272, the poll found. Atheists averaged just $177.
(‘Islamic Relief,’ a Zakat charity, which operates in the UK and US is a notorious funder of terrorism and Hamas. See the photos under the Making a World of Difference? Those are the Muslims in Mali who had their limbs amputated by al-Qaeda jihadists who accused them of not being ‘Muslim enough.’ )
In total 4,036 people answered the question: “How much, if at all, would you say you generally donated to charities last year?”
The finding follows a recent Pew Research Center survey of more than 38,000 Muslims in 39 countries, which found that 77 percent said they donated to charity.
Data from the online platform JustGiving.com also shows that Muslims are increasingly using online methods for their Zakat — the Muslim practice of charitable donations — with a growth of close to 70 percent over the last two years.
“Our data shows many of Britain’s Muslim communities are at the forefront of digital giving, driving an increase in Zakat donations,” Zarine Kharas, their CEO explained.
(When Obama took office, he removed the restrictions put in place by the Bush Administration that made it illegal to donate to Islamic ‘charities’ with known ties to terrorism)