Islamic Ministry begins releasing Zakat

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has started releasing property Zakat (alms for the poor) money at a rate of MVR400 per person, local media reports.

The ministry reportedly collected MVR47 million as Zakat last year, which is to be released daily at official hours until next Monday.

Some 53,200 people are registered as poor in the capital Male’. Zakat funds allocated for the atolls have been released to local councils.