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U.S. Muslims reluctant to donate to charities

By the end of Ramadan last year, Najah Bazzy remembers having more than $10,000 in cash donations to distribute to the needy, plus a vast auditorium ringed with tables groaning with enough free food for 400 poor families to celebrate the holiday. This year, she formalized the good works she has been doing unofficially for a decade among the tens of thousands of Muslims who live in the Dearborn area by establishing a charity, Zaman International. But as the holiday arrived this year, charitable contributions plummeted. Bazzy said cash donations amounted to less than $4,000, and for the first time since she began her charity work she had to use some of the money to purchase food – instead of counting on contributions – to feed needy families. Full Story

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