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This Ramzan, in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, a system of collecting and distributing zakaat — called bait-ul-maal — is proving effective in helping those hit by the lockdown. 

  • While zakaat (mandatory charity) system is followed by all the faithful Muslims, bait-ul-maal is a centralised system of pooling zakaat money from the well-off Muslims and giving it to those who need the most. 
  • Two educational institutions in Bengaluru — Anjuman Degree College and SECAB Institute — have also set up their own bait-ul-maal. 
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