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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How is Fatima Spending Ramadan in Kutupalong Refugee Camp?

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are particularly vulnerable as many families live in one room inside already overcrowded camps. Many families are scared. Fatima is a refugee who lost her husband in Myanmar. She walked for days carrying her children across mountains and rivers to eventually reach safety in Kutupalong refugee camp. “We don’t have any money…so it’s a problem to have enough food.” Fatima told us. Mothers like Fatima rely on aid to survive away from

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First pledge of 1 million NGN to Nigeria’s Refugee and IDP Zakat Fund comes from the Sokoto State Zakat and Endowment Commission (SOZECOM)

On 8 April 2021, the UNHCR Refugee and IDP Zakat Fund was officially launched at a press briefing held in Abuja, Nigeria which brought together government officials, Muslim community, business leaders and UNHCR. At the launch, Alhaji Muhammad Lawal Maidoki, the Executive Chairman Sokoto State Zakat and Endowment Commission (SOZECOM) shared his commitment to alleviate the suffering of Nigeria’s most vulnerable internally displaced families and pledged NGN 1,000,000 from SOZECOM to the Refugee and IDP Zakat Fund. “We Muslims have

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Al-Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy launches “30 Days of Kindness”, its first global initiative to support refugees and displaced people in cooperation with UNHCR

The Islamic Research Academy at Al-Azhar Al-Sharif announced its first global advocacy initiative in collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, to inspire kindness and support to the most vulnerable displaced persons over the winter months. This initiative comes with the onset of winter and worsening economic crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, adding to the challenges faced by over 3.8 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in dire need of assistance. The initiative, titled “30 Days of Kindness”, is being launched under the guidance of His Eminence Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, as part of his support for Al-Azhar’s humanitarian role at the regional and

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Innovative Solutions for Addressing Global Development Needs: Harnessing the Power of Islamic Philanthropy & Zakat 10 October 2020

Session Brief As part of the C20 Summit hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this year, UNHCR organized a panel discussion which highlighted pioneering and innovative approaches in harnessing the power of Islamic Philanthropy to address education, employment, infrastructure and related needs globally. A total of 72 participants from around the world signed up for the event and around 900 participated across all platforms of the C20 Summit during the day. The event speakers were Dr. Saleh Suleman Al-Wohaibi,

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IMAGINE RAMADAN WITHOUT GIVING!

As we make our way through the Holy month of Ramadan this year, millions of people are observing this blessed month in hardship: After fleeing war or violence and now under the exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Refugees and other displaced people are among the most vulnerable members of our societies and are particularly at risk during this pandemic. The majority of the world’s refugees live in countries with weak water, sanitation and health systems, and often rely

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Let’s stand with Refugees and fight COVID19 together…

Interview with Dominik Bartsch UNHCR representative in Jordan. No country can tackle the COVID19 pandemic alone, and no part of our societies can be disregarded if we are to effectively rise to this global challenge. Jordan hosts over 750,000 registered refugees, out of which 20% of them are living in camps. An interview with UNHCR representative in Jordan, Dominik Bartsch explains the role of UNHCR Jordan in preventing the COVID19 outbreak and protecting refugee families to contain this health crisis.

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As winter approaches, UNHCR launches “Warm Their Hearts”, a public mobilization campaign to support refugees

3.88 million refugees and internally displaced people in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt need timely and substantial assistance to shield their families from the cold weather Recent displacement from north-east Syria has increased the number of those in need of winter assistance Celebrities and influencers are supporting UNHCR’s campaign and have called upon their followers to contribute as well UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launched its “Warm Their Hearts” campaign to close funding gaps for its US$222 million Winterization

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