The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, in corporation with Dubai Future Foundation, has developed two artificial intelligence (AI) projects – the‘ Virtual Charity Foundation’ and ‘Virtual Ifta’.
According to the Dubai Media Office, the ‘Virtual Charity Foundation’ is the world’s first charity institution that allows donations to be routed directly from donor to beneficiary with the use of AI and blockchain technology. The initiative also allows beneficiaries to submit cases for review remotely through artificial intelligence applications.
The second initiative, ‘Virtual Ifta’, is a platform that uses an ‘artificial intelligence expert system’ – a computer system that emulates the decision-making ability of a human expert – and ‘big data technology’ to streamline the process of disseminating fatwas. The platform also allows muftis to instantly answer a vast range of queries posed by millions of people around the world.
Dr. Hamad bin Al Shaikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director General of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, said, “As part of its participation in the Dubai 10X initiative, the Department has developed interactive smart platforms using advanced artificial intelligence technologies to enhance philanthropy and create a new method for delivering fatwas.”
The two initiatives are aimed at creating a flexible and intelligent environment to enhance charitable activities, according to the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department. It also seeks to strengthen efforts to deliver and document ‘fatwas’ and serve the community through innovative services.