Ramadan 2021: UAE launches remote payment solution for Zakat donations

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The United Arab Emirates’ Zakat Fund and Smart Dubai have launched a new secure Zakat payment service for the month of Ramadan, the Dubai Media Office reported on Tuesday.

Zakat, a form of donation or duty made by Islamic society members to charitable causes, is considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

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The new service which can be accessed through the UAE’s DubaiNow application, calculates users’ Zakat amount based on Islamic Sharia law, allowing them to pay the full amount or a fraction of it.

Aside from providing over 100 public and private sector services to the city’s residents, the DubaiNow app also offers a range of services that cater to the Holy Month under its ‘Donations’ and ‘Islam’ categories. These include the Zakat al-Fitr service which allows users to make donations in the form of Iftar meals, enabled by the app’s collaboration with Dubai-based charity organization Dar al-Ber society.

Zakat Fund Secretary General (ZFSG) Abdullah Bin Oqeedah al-Muhairy has said that the advanced payment portal will ensure easier access to payment services for both new and existing Zakat payers.

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