Islamic Ministry announces rates for Zakat al-Fitr

Ministry of Islamic Affairs has announced the rates for Zakat al-Fitr during the holy month of Ramadan.

Zakat al-Fitr is collected during the month of Ramadan every year, to be distributed among the poor. The minimum amount due is the equivalent of 2.4 kilograms of wheat flour, rice, or other staple food, per member of the household. The rates of Zakat range from USD0.78 to USD8.12 in Male' City, depending on the type of wheat flour or rice used by residents.

The Islamic Ministry revealed Zakat payments will be collected from March 23 until April 18. The ministry stated online payments will be accepted through Ooredoo, Dhiraagu, Bank of Maldives (BML), Maldives Islamic Bank (MIB), and the Fahi Pay application. Payments can also be made in cash at the Islamic ministry in Male’, and at the respective local councils in the atolls.

In addition, a desk will be set up at the Islamic ministry to facilitate the elderly and those who have difficulty paying online. The service will be available at the ministry from March 26 from 1000-1300hrs on working days.