Egypt’s Al-Azhar joins UNHCR in its global Ramadan campaign supporting refugees

The Islamic Research Academy of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif has joined forces with UNHCR in its ongoing Ramadan campaign. This collaboration aims to provide urgent relief to forcibly displaced people amid escalating humanitarian crises. Dr. Nazir Ayyad, Secretary General of the Islamic Research Academy, mentioned that this is the second joint campaign with UNHCR, focusing on raising awareness about the suffering of vulnerable refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) and urging international support.

The campaign will showcase human stories, highlighting the experiences of refugees and IDPs. Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, under the leadership of Grand Imam Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, stresses the importance of this humanitarian message. The Ramadan campaign includes messages from Al-Azhar scholars and fatwas from the Islamic Research Academy, addressing the eligibility of refugees and IDPs to receive Zakat.

Khaled Khalifa, Senior Advisor to the High Commissioner and UNHCR Representative to GCC countries, emphasized the urgency to meet the growing needs of refugees and IDPs worldwide. UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund has positively impacted over 6 million beneficiaries in 26 countries since 2017.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and funds to alleviate the suffering of those affected by conflicts and crises in Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, the Horn of Africa, and beyond. Khalifa called for increased solidarity and support for the forcibly displaced, enabling continued aid to those most in need.

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