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British Muslims more charitable than rest of UK population

Survey reveals 3 out of 4 UK Muslims already donated for Gaza, while 67% plan to further donate in future

By Web Desk
April 13, 2024
A representational image showing a large number of people including Muslims in London. — AFP/File
A representational image showing a large number of people including Muslims in London. — AFP/File

A recent survey report has revealed that Muslims residing in the United Kingdom have donated more in charity than any other religious community living in the country.

The study titled "British Muslim Giving Behaviours", conducted by Blue State, shows that the Muslim community donated as much as four times when compared to the donations made by the rest of the British population.

On an overage, British Muslims donated £708 in the last 12 months as opposed to £165 by a non-Muslim adult UK citizen.

On the preferences of UK Muslims regarding their donations, the report revealed that 61% of Zakat given by the community went to Islamic organisations, whereas, 14% went to secular entities.

The survey, which included a total of 2,010 people across the UK along with a dedicated sample of 1,003 Muslims, also revealed that three out of four UK Muslims have already donated to support people in Gaza, while 67% were planning to further donate in the future.

Despite the prevailing economic crisis in the UK, 49% of Muslims there are willing to increase their charitable donations in the next 12 months against 21% of the rest of the respondents (non-Muslims) in the UK.

"Muslim donors aged 45-54 gave £723 (6.5 times the UK baseline of £112) while those aged 55 and above had given an average of £685 against the £129 in this age group across the whole of the UK (5.3 times more)," the report reads.

"This is followed by the East of England, where Muslims had an average gift of £1,127 (vs £215 average for the region) — a 5.2 multiplier. In the West Midlands, the average gift was £659 (vs £133), and in the North East, the average gift was £613 (vs. £117)," it adds.

Furthermore, it was also observed that 35% of the Muslim respondents said that they gave Zakat during the holy month of Ramadan, whereas 15% and 12% donated during the last 10 days and on the 27th night, respectively.

Meanwhile, 27% said that they donated Zakat throughout the year.

Furthermore, UK Muslims "seem twice as likely towards leaving a legacy gift" with 19% downloading a free will pack from a charity against 9% of UK adults.

Whereas 20% attended a "gift in wills event" and 18% added a donation to a charity in their wills, respectively.