Another example of a dishonest hack job by the Times newspaper.
The Times Muslims are among Britain’s most generous givers, topping a poll of religious groups that donate to charity, according to new research.
Muslims who donated to charity last year gave an average of almost £371 each, with Jewish givers averaging just over £270 per person.
Nearly one in ten of Jewish givers donated more than £1,000. Among Muslim givers, most donated between £300 and £500.
Atheists, by contrast, donated an average of £116 when they gave to charity, with Roman Catholics giving slightly more than £178, other Christians slightly less than £178 and Protestants £202.
According to the ICM poll of 4,000 people, nearly four in ten atheists and Hindus did not donate at all. This compared with more than three in ten Muslims, Catholics and other Christians, nearly three in ten Protestants and more than four in ten Jewish people.
The poll is published to coincide with data from the platform JustGiving that shows that Muslims are using online methods for their zakat or charitable donations. Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam.
The charities benefiting most included religious charities such as Muslim Aid and Islamic Relief but also non-religious organisations such as Cancer Research, Macmillan and the British Heart Foundation.
The research shows that zakat giving in Britain has grown by nearly 70 per cent over the last two years, with the month of the Ramadan fast, currently part-way through, being traditionally a time when donations are made.
The recent 2011 census put Britain’s Muslim population at 2.7 million, 4.8 per cent of the total population.
Other research indicates that rates of religious observance among Muslims elsewhere in the world is even higher.
According a survey by the US-based Pew Research Center of more than 38,000 Muslims from southeastern Europe to Africa, not including the UK, more than nine in ten obey the edict to fast during Ramadan. Almost 80 per cent of Muslims in those 39 countries said they give zakat.
Zarine Kharas, chief executive of JustGiving, said: “Our data shows many of Britain’s Muslim communities are at the forefront of digital giving, driving an increase in zakat donations.”
Farooq Murad, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “It highlights the true spirit and reality of Islam in Britain, in caring not just for the community but also humanity at large and supporting national causes. The MCB is proud of the work of many of its affiliates in encouraging and supporting this.”