DHIRAAGU – MOBILE ZAKAT
Original title: Developing a solution for Dhiraagu customers to pay their zakat via USSD/SMS
Producer: Mr. Rifath Mohamed
Organisation: Dhiraagu (Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun) Private Limited
Location: Male, MALDIVES
Platform: Network Based
Zakat or alms-giving is the practice of charitable giving by Muslims based on accumulated wealth, and is obligatory for all who are able to do so. As Maldives is an island nation with around 200 inhabited islands, the only possible way to make this payment is to go to a ward office and do it manually. That inconvenience, however, is now a thing of the past.Mobile Zakat, a joint venture of Dhiraagu, a telecommunications provider in the Maldives and the Ministry of Islamic Affairs (Government of the Maldives), facilitates the payment of zakat through a mobile phone. Since the application is based on USSD, anyone with a mobile can use the application. It is very simple and convenient even for someone who does not understand English as they can use the service based on numbers they see from the USSD menu.