Rabat – Despite the many consistent stereotypes attached to Muslims in the West, particularly their association with terrorism, British Muslims managed to top charity donors in 2015.
According to a survey conducted by the leading British charity website JustGiving, Muslims were the most generous religious groups in Britain in 2015, donating about £371 each.
“Our data shows many of Britain’s Muslim communities are at the forefront of digital giving, driving an increase in zakat donations,” Zarine Kharas, chief executive of JustGiving, was quoted by Times as saying.
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it is compulsory for every Muslim to donate a proportion of his/her wealth to charity every year.
Jews came after Muslims in the poll, averaging £270 per person. While Roman Catholics ranked third after giving slightly more than £178, other Christians gave less than £178.
JustGiving said that more Muslims are making their donations available online. While a significant amount of charity donations were directed to religious charities, most of Muslim donations went to cancer research centers, Macmillan, the British Heart Association and the likes.
According to official statistics, Britain is home to 2.7 million Muslims. Last April, Sadik Khan, a Muslim originally from Pakistan, won London’s mayoral elections, thus becoming the first Muslim to hold this position.