Dana, Zakat, and Charity: Unraveling the Threads of Compassion and Giving

Zakat – India is climbing the countries ranked by the CAF World Giving Index. The ranking has increased to an 81-point increase from 91. With the magnitude of the Indian population – more than 1.3 billion, Indian donors easily surpass the other nations in sheer numbers.

The CAF reports that 350 million Indians were involved in helping someone in need in the year 2016 (down from the 401 million who volunteered in 2015), 265 million people gave money (up from the 203 million who gave money in the year 2015) while 256 million volunteers (up over 200 million as of).

Indian religions like Hinduism and Sikhism have a great deal of faith in “dana”. It is similar to the Christian concept of charity, and the corresponding Muslim principle is known as “Zakah”.

Based on data from a national survey, it is estimated that the Pratichi Institute, which Nobel laureate Amartya Sen operates, reckons that donations from Hindus total nearly EUR 2 billion annually.

The numbers include EUR 220 million given by Sikhs, EUR 55 million by Christians and EUR 334 million for Muslims.

In light of the massive disparities in society, more than this kind of charity isis needed. Development efforts must be properly planned and coordinated to bring about lasting changes (see the main article).

The grim situation is revealed in India’s ranking on the human development index: 130. India’s rank in the SDG Index is 110. (arg)

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