The Ministry of Islamic Affairs had received over MVR five million for Zakat-Al-Fitr for this year.
Islamic Ministry began distributing funds received as this year’s Zakat on Monday.
According to statistics released by the Ministry, they had received a total of MVR 5،478،353 from the first day of Ramadan, up until the 28th day.
This amount is an increase of MVR one million compared to the previous year, where the Ministry received MVR 4,256,495.
Only people registered as heavily low-income families or individuals will receive Zakat.
Islamic Ministry began accepting Zakat payments on the second day of Ramadan, until 2 June at respective centers in the Greater Malé Region.
The amount for Zakat is deemed to be money worth 2.4 kg of rice grain per person. Islamic Ministry said that one must donate money worth 2.4 kg of the general type of rice grains used by the individual throughout the year. The average person in Male' has to pay MVR 13 per person if calculated with normal rice grains, MVR 43 if its Thai rice grains and MVR 81 if its Basmati rice as Zakat al Fitr.