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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1.2 Million People Benefited from Zakat and Sadaqah Funds

On October 12th 2022, UNHCR launched its Islamic Philanthropy Mid-Year Report 2022 in partnership with Zakat House of Kuwait. The report highlights the impact of Zakat and Sadaqah funds received by UNHCR through the Refugee Zakat Fund during the first half of this year. You can now watch a video clip that summarizes the report’s key highlights and shows the number of refugee and internally displaced beneficiaries in 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East – whose total number

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International Islamic Fiqh Academy, Al Azhar Islamic Research Academy, and Islamic Fiqh Council renew confidence in UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund

In a meeting held at the headquarters of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, UNHCR and IIFA agreed to set-up an annual joint mechanism to verify compliance of the Refugee Zakat Fund with Zakat conditions. The meeting was also attended by several reputable jurisprudential bodies, including Secretary Generals of the Muslim World League’s Islamic Fiqh Council, Al Azhar Islamic Research Academy, and the Tabah Foundation for Research and Consultancy. All attendees confirmed IIFA’s coordination role in

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In Ramadan, Every Gift Counts in Making an Impact in the Lives of Refugees

Let’s join hands to help displaced families secure food Today, refugee and internally displaced families are going through difficult conditions. This has forced such families to make desperate decisions in prioritizing monthly expenses, including medicine and healthcare, which often means they have to procure less meals for themselves and loved ones. UNHCR is working tirelessly to implement cash assistance programmes targeting most vulnerable refugee and internally displaced families, including families of widows and orphans, to help them secure immediate needs

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A Click Away From Changing Millions Of Lives This Ramadan

With open hearts, glowing lanterns and delicious feasts, Muslims all around the world welcome Ramadan every year. The holy month, during which the Qur’an was revealed in, is dedicated for fasting, worshiping and charitable giving. One form of charitable giving is Zakat, which is also one of the five pillars of Islam. The act of giving Zakat not only purifies the contributor’s heart from selfishness and greed, but it also helps the poor and uplifts the entire community. What is

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UNHCR releases its annual report on Islamic philanthropy in collaboration with The International Islamic Fiqh Academy in Jeddah

UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund received more than US$ 35 million through Zakat, Sadaqah, and Sadaqah Jariyah donations in 2021, helping 1,275,000 refugees and internally displaced people in 14 countries. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, held a joint event today in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA). As part of the event titled “Islamic Philanthropy and its impact: sustainable partnerships and practical solutions”, UNHCR launched its “Islamic Philanthropy

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Do you know a girl called Falmata?

When we think of Falmata, the word that first comes to mind is “perseverance.” At only 12 years old, Falmata has faced tremendous hardship in her short life, yet she remains optimistic and headstrong in her plans for the future.  Having lost her father at the hands of a violent extremist group and her grandmother and mother during displacement, Falmata has lived without a family for most of her life. Like many other separated and displaced children, Falmata has had

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Islamic social finance has a bigger humanitarian role

Islamic finance is used towards contributing to environmental, social, and humanitarian projects, in line with the spirit of Islam. Hundreds of financial institutions are involved in Shariah-compliant transactions, making Islamic finance an established and recognised industry around the world. Its assets were estimated at $2.88 trillion in 2019 and are expected to reach $3.69 trillion in 2024. The growth of the industry fostered an increasing interest in developing Islamic social financial (ISF) tools, where Islamic finance is used towards contributing

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Your Zakat Matters the Most to Um Abdullah and Her Son

Um Abdullah, is a mother who sacrificed everything to care for her son. She lost her husband back in Syria and had to care for their only child alone. She spent many nights worrying and crying and unfortunately lost her sight. Now she relies on thirteen-year-old Abdullah to help her to survive. ‘Abdullah means the world to me… I am alive because of my son”, she expressed wholeheartedly. Abdullah’s whole life has been transformed since the war started. He told

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