Muslim Donations Increased 500 Percent During Ramadan

LONDON – Muslim donations to charities through JustGiving went up 483 percent during the holy month of Ramadan in comparison to the month before, raising more than £1 million.

“There are a number of religious periods over the year which see an increase in donations on JustGiving, and Ramadan is no exception,” Rhys Goode, PR director at JustGiving, told Civil Society on Tuesday, July 4.

“This rise coincides with a sustained increase of charitable giving to Muslim faith charities.”

The figures from online fundraising platform JustGiving show that a total of over £1m was raised for Muslim Faith charities and through crowdfunding pages relating to Ramadan, `Eid and Zakat, with £890,000 going to Muslim Faith Charities, and £168,000 raised through these crowdfunding pages.

The figures was based on an analysis of 106 charities, and showed a sustained increase in the scale of giving both during Ramadan and over a longer time period.

The Charity Commission and the Muslim Charities Forum estimated that British Muslims gave approximately £100m to charitable causes in the UK in 2016 during the month of Ramadan.

This year, Ramadan coincided with the Grenfell Tower fire. Muslim faith charities responded and Muslim Aid, jointly with Islamic Relief, raised over £73,000 for affected families and collected over 60 tonnes of supplies for affected residents.

JustGiving said there was also a 68 per cent increase to the amount raised during Ramadan through the website in 2015.