Dubai eGovernment on Tuesday, September 26, 2006, announced at a press conference that it has partnered with Abu Dhabi-based Zakat Fund to launch the first electronic Zakat payment channel through its ePay service. Zakat payments can now be made by logging on to www.zakatfund.ae . Zakat is the amount of money that every adult Muslim who is mentally stable and financially able should pay annually to support the poor and needy.
The launch of this electronic payment channel during the Holy Month of Ramadan will facilitate easy payment of Zakat for people, as it allows payment through Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards.
Speaking at the press conference, Salem Al Shair, eServices Director, Dubai eGovernment, said, “The introduction of the Zakat payment service marks another important value addition to Dubai eGovernment’s services. In today’s technology-reliant age, an ever-increasing number of people are using the power of the internet to avail a host of services, and Dubai eGovernment which has been constantly promoting the use of eServices in Dubai sees this as another opportunity to extend the scope of electronic services. We are thankful to Zakat Fund for their cooperation and support in this initiative.”
Abdullah Ogeida Al Muheiri, General Secretary of Zakat Fund said, “We are glad to partner with Dubai eGovernment to launch this service in the Holy Month of Ramadan when most people will be making their Zakat payments. Now people can make their payments from anywhere and anytime by just logging on www.zakatfund.ae . All the money collected will be transferred to the Zakat Fund account.”
ePay is a highly secure, online payment service that allows registered users to pay for public utilities and fines using either the eDirham card issued by the UAE Ministry of Finance and Industry, or a credit card.
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