The North American Imams Fellow

Established in 2004, the North American Imams Fellow (NAIF) represents a cooperative entity of Islamic leaders serving the multifaceted Muslim communities across North America. The Fellow acts as a unified platform for Imams and chaplains, a pivotal resource, and a point of reference for North American Muslims, governmental bodies, and media channels. In June 2023, NAIF issued a fatwa recognizing and supporting UNHCR as a suitable entity for the collection and distribution of Zakat funds from North American Muslims to

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UNHCR unveils mid-year Islamic Philanthropy report; supporting more than 1.5 Million people in nearly 21 countries

UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency has unveiled its Mid-Year Islamic Philanthropy (IP) Report. The figures released show that the support received in the first half of 2023 will positively aid the lives of more than 1.5 million individuals in 21 countries.  Over 110 million people, more than 1% of the global population, are forcibly displaced. UNHCR’s Islamic philanthropy has become a key element in the response to this displacement crisis and provides an essential lifeline to millions of refugees, internally

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UNHCR report: Refugee Zakat Fund helps around 6 million forcibly displaced people since its establishment

UNHCR Launches Islamic Philanthropy Report at Joint Event with Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund The beneficiaries included more than 1.5 million refugees and internally displaced people who were assisted in 2022 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency launched its Islamic Philanthropy annual report today at a joint event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in partnership with Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund. The report highlights the importance of utilizing Islamic Philanthropy tools and their role in responding to

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This Ramadan, Don’t Give Up On Those Forced to Flee

As one of the most awaited months of the year for many, Ramadan offers a unique opportunity to extend a helping hand to thousands of refugees and internally displaced people in need. These individuals – affected by tragedies such as wars, earthquakes, and droughts – look to Ramadan with gratitude, resilience, and a sense of faith in humanity that is truly inspiring. This Holy Month, UNHCR invites you to take a closer look at refugees themselves – their stories, their

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Emergency: Devastating Earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria 

On February 6, 2023, two powerful earthquakes (with a magnitude of 7.7 and 7.5 on the Richter scale) struck Türkiye and Syria, also affecting other countries, causing widespread destruction and exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in the region.   The disaster has affected tens of thousands of people – with reports that thousands have lost their lives. UNHCR is working around the clock to respond to the needs of those affected by the earthquake. In Syria, together with its partners,

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For Fajr, the Winter Cold Isn’t the Only Tragedy She’s Dealing With

Out of the many prayers that Fajr recites daily, there is one in particular that she repeats often: “I pray God extends my life until he gets old enough”. The person she is referring to is her son, Noor, whose birth granted her the nickname of “Um Noor”. Having lost her husband over six years ago, she has been the sole provider for her only son as they settled in Jordan following the Syria crisis, explaining that “Noor is my

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The Supreme Council of Imams and Islamic Affairs of Brazil | Brazil

The Supreme Council of Imams and Islamic Affairs of Brazil was established in Brazil in 2005. It aims to establish a unified legal Islamic authority representing Muslims in Brazil and recognized by Brazilian authorities and by Islamic institutions from across the Muslim world. It counts over 60 clerics and preachers from different regions of the country as members. In July 2022, the Council issued a fatwa endorsing the view that UNHCR is eligible to receive Zakat funds from Muslims in

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The Tri-State Imams Council

The Tri-State Imams Council is a non-for-profit organisation, established in the state of New Jersey in 2011. It aims to benefit from the expertise of Muslim scholars and develop their skills and qualifications for jurisprudence in the Muslim community of the Tri-State area (New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut). It counts one hundred imams from the area as members. In April 2022, the Council issued a fatwa allowing UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund, as a reliable and trustworthy organisation, to collect

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Umm Ibrahim, an Iraqi IDP, is forced to reduce her meals during Ramadan

Umm Ibrahim, an Iraqi IDP, lost her husband, and two of her sons were kidnapped by an extremist group. The loss of breadwinners in her family prompted her to take difficult measures as to the amount and type of food that she and her children eat, especially during Ramadan. During Ramadan this year, Umm Ibrahim struggles to secure a livelihood for her family. She says: “One day I cook and another I don’t. During the whole of Ramadan, I only

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Remember Aisha and her family during Ramadan and Eid 

The month of Ramadan always brings good times for millions around the world, as families and loved ones gather, charity and solidarity with those in need grow, and everyone, old and young, awaits Eid. This was the case for Aisha since her childhood and after her marriage. However, about two years ago, Eid brought her and her children news that changed their lives.  This displaced Yemeni mother tells us her story and shares her sorrows with us. She remembers that

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