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Zakat funds to reach neediest refugee families
By A Staff Reporter May 02, 2018
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ABU DHABI: To ensure 100 per cent of Zakat funds goes directly to the neediest refugee families in Jordan and Lebanon, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in co-operation with the Abu Dhabi-based Tabah Foundation  unveiled on Tuesday its global Zakat platform, which provides a trusted and efficient route to fulfil Zakat obligations.

UNHCR has adopted a digital only approach to paying Zakat, ensuring security, efficiency, transparency and complete peace of mind. The new platform can be accessed at

UNHCR’s Zakat initiative is fully Sharia compliant and is backed by five fatwas from leading Islamic scholars and institutions and is subject to rigorous governance, ensuring transparency at every step, from donation to provision of assistance.

Houssam Chahine, Head of Private Sector Partnerships for UNHCR in the MENA region, during a press conference held in the Capital said that the situation of refugees globally is one of the biggest human tragedies of our time, with more than 22.5 million refugees, 40 of which are in the MENA region.

“Since Muslims make up the majority of today’s refugee populations, the Zakat initiative comes timely to secure life-saving humanitarian assistance to refugees in need,” he added.

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