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UNHCR calls on Muslims to aid refugee families through Zakat contributions
By A Staff Reporter June 08, 2018
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DUBAI: With too many refugee families in Jordan and Lebanon, including vulnerable women and their children, living far below the poverty line and struggling to make ends meet, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is counting on the generosity of Muslims to allocate their Zakat to refugee families before the end of the Holy Month.

UNHCR provides much-needed cash assistance to extremely vulnerable Syrian refugee families without any alternative sources of income. This has been made possible through innovative mechanisms, primarily UNHCR’s Zakat initiative, a trusted and efficient route for people to fulfil their Zakat obligations.

So far, Zakat donations from the public and private sectors of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been extremely generous, putting UNHCR closer to raise funds required to meet urgent survival needs of refugees and Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) amid a global refugee crisis. Zakat contributions this year have already saved 1,152 refugee families in Jordan and Lebanon from falling deeper into debt and poverty, and from the risk of exploitation. However, 5,465 families are still in urgent need of sustainable cash assistance. A contribution of approximately Dhs/ SAR 8,000 ($2,000) feeds, clothes and houses an extremely vulnerable family for a year, the Refugee Agency says.

“We are very thankful for the donations received so far. As we enter the last ten days of Ramadan, we urge Muslims to allocate their Zakat to struggling refugee families through UNHCR’s Zakat initiative. Such allocation is guaranteed to make an immediate difference in the lives of the most vulnerable refugee communities in the Middle East,” said Houssam Chahine, Head of Private Sector Partnerships for UNHCR in the MENA region.

“Your contributions will save families who solely rely on our monthly aid to survive from the grasp of extreme poverty”, he added. “Help us keep a roof over their heads, food on their table and clean water to drink. Eligible refugee families need your Zakat.”

This year’s Zakat campaign has established UNHCR as a trusted route for Zakat donations, raising close to $1 million within the first week of Ramadan from individuals across the GCC, Asia, Europe and North America. UNHCR’s Zakat initiative is fully Sharia compliant and is backed by fatwas from leading Islamic scholars and institutions and is subject to rigorous governance, ensuring transparency at every step, from donation to provision of assistance. UNHCR has adopted a digital only approach to paying Zakat, ensuring security, efficiency, transparency and complete peace of mind.

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