Zakat collection should be done at community level, asks AMP

Mumbai: At a press conference by the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) at Mumbai Press Club on Thursday, it released the findings of its National Zakat Survey.

The findings of the survey said the current practice of Zakat collection should be done at the community level, rather than at individual level. There were a total of 4,589 responses received under the survey, which was conducted across 191 cities in India. “Muslims donate to Zakat as an act of piety to take care for the well-being of the fellow Muslims and also to preserve social harmony between the wealthy and the poor.

Compared to countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and others, it is still in inital stages in India and the main objective is to collect Zakat collectively so that it can be used for the benefit of the needy people in a broader way,” Said Aamir Edresy, President of AMP.  According to the survey, when asked about the best way to donate Zakat, around 70 per cent of the people said it should be “collective”.

Over 75 per cent of the people feel that Zakat should be used for education, economic empowerment and self-employment. The ultimate finding of this survey is, more than 94 per cent of the people agreed that there should a mechanism for collective Zakat fund management.

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