ABU DHABI // Members of the Etihad Airways loyalty programme can now pay their zakat using air miles.
By logging on to the website, rewards.etihadguest.com, members can donate their Etihad Guest miles to one of the schemes sponsored by the main government zakat distributor, the Zakat Fund.
The miles are then converted into cash.
The charity programmes in the scheme include funding students and helping needy families.
Etihad's Eqraa project helps students pay for their academic fees.
The Poor & Needy Project supports those who cannot earn a living and includes people with a low income, the unemployed, widowed and divorced women, orphans, people with special needs, the elderly and disaster victims.
The Reward and Recovery Project helps patients pay for their medical treatment until they recover.
Even debtors have a project to help them pay their accumulated owings.