UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency announced today that its Refugee Zakat Fund has expanded its reach to include displaced families in Afghanistan. Donors can now direct their Zakat and Sadaqah donations to support internally displaced families, helping them secure their most urgent needs. These donations can be channelled through the GiveZakat App or the Refugee Zakat Fund website.
The evolving volatile situation in Afghanistan is resulting in a large-scale internal displacement of families seeking safety and security. Since the beginning of 2021, over half a million individuals were reported to have been displaced, a number that continues to rise daily. UNHCR and partners remain operational and committed to delivering critical and urgent assistance to internally displaced families.
Zakat contributions will help UNHCR, and partners, in providing the necessary assistance, such as shelter, food, healthcare, sanitation, and other relief items
“Thousands of displaced families have been impacted by the recent developments in Afghanistan and rely on humanitarian aid for their survival. This crucial expansion allows donors to fulfil their humanitarian duties by directing their Zakat and Sadaqah donations, to help displaced Afghan families secure their most urgent needs.” said Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR Senior Advisor on Islamic Philanthropy and Representative in the Gulf Cooperation Council Area.
UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is fully Sharia-compliant and is backed by ten fatwas from leading scholars and institutions, such as Al Azhar Islamic Research Academy, the Muslim World League, and the International Islamic Fiqh Academy. The Fund is subject to strict governance, ensuring the utmost transparency at every step, from donation to provision of assistance, without any deduction.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, leads international action to protect people forced to flee because of conflict and persecution. We deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future.
About UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund:
In a bid to strengthen partnerships with Zakat institutions and donors, the Refugee Zakat Fund was launched by UNHCR in 2019, harnessing the power of Zakat and Sadaqah to transform the lives of refugees and IDPs. The fund is backed by more than 10 fatwas, most recently from the International Islamic Fiqh Academy and Al Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy. Moreover, the fund is subject to strict governance, ensuring the utmost transparency at every step – from donation to provision of assistance. In 2020, the fund has helped 2.1 million beneficiaries in 13 countries including Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Mauritania, Niger, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, through Zakat & Sadaqah donations.