The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has said 53,200 people will be eligible for Zakat – the obligatory alms tax collected from the accumulated wealth of all able Muslims – this year.
Approximately one quarter of people registered as poor were from the capital Malé, which is home to more than a third of the population.
The total number of people who registered as ‘poor’ with the ministry in 2013 was an approximate five percent increase from the previous year.
The ministry has said that MVR47 million was collected last year as Zakat andout of this approximately MVR21.3 million will be distributed to the poor – each person is expected to receive MVR400.
While the ministry only registered people who earned less that MVR2000 in previous years, this year anyone with an identification card could be registered as poor.
Speaking to Haveeru, a ministry official has said this year the ministry will depend on the honesty of the persons seeking the money and reminded that it is not permitted in Islam for undeserving people to seek this money.
As a reminder, the ministry has placed a notice with the religious ruling on the matter outside the office delivering Zakat money.