The North American Imams Fellow
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by tamara
2w ago
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 refugees around the world mentioning three conditions, including the 100% Za ..read more
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UNHCR unveils mid-year Islamic Philanthropy report; supporting more than 1.5 Million people in nearly 21 countries
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by tamara
3M ago
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 displaced persons (IDPs), and hosting populations around the world. In particular, the ..read more
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World Refugee Day Dinner at the Ismaili Centre in Dubai
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by Moufid Jaber
8M ago
On June 21st, in collaboration with UNHCR, the Ismaili Centre in Dubai hosted a dinner in observance of World Refugee Day. This event brought together prominent members of the Ismaili community and fostered engaging conversations about the global displacement crisis. The dinner event featured a significant panel discussion that featured representatives from both UNHCR and the Aga Khan Development Network. Our very own Houssam Chahine was a key participant in this conversation, where he provided detailed insights into the global displacement crisis and shared about the extensive work being unde ..read more
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World Refugee Day: Hope Away from Home
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by Moufid Jaber
8M ago
On June 20th, we mark World Refugee Day, established by the United Nations to honour the courage of refugees worldwide, forced to flee due to conflict or persecution. This day serves as a global call to action to ensure refugees’ rights, needs, and dreams are addressed, mobilizing support to enhance their lives. Initiated in 2001, and known before that as Africa Refugee Day, this international day now involves a myriad of events globally. These activities involve refugees, government officials, host communities, corporations, celebrities, school children, and the public, aiming to offer hope a ..read more
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Sudan’s Escalating Violence: An Urgent Humanitarian Crisis
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by Moufid Jaber
10M ago
UNHCR urgently needs your support to protect and assist civilians caught in the midst of escalating violence in Sudan. Refugees, internally displaced people, and local communities are facing severe challenges as they struggle to access essential resources and assistance. The outbreak of fighting has significantly hindered humanitarian efforts, making it even more critical for us to step up and provide aid to those in desperate need. As people flee the violence, they are arriving in neighboring countries such as Chad, South Sudan, and Egypt. UNHCR is working tirelessly with these governments an ..read more
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Since 2017, more than 6 million beneficiaries from Zakat and Sadaqah contributions made through UNHCR
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by Moufid Jaber
10M ago
In 2022, Zakat contributions received through the Refugee Zakat Fund helped more than 727,000 beneficiaries in 17 countries, including refugees in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Pakistan, Somalia, and Tunisia. These funds have also helped IDPs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This was made possible by Zakat contributions made during 2022, which are allocated in accordance with the 100% Zakat distribution policy, as per the 15 fatwas UNHCR has received over the past several years. Sadaqah funds helped mor ..read more
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“People were starving. We had no choice but to flee for our lives.”
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by Moufid Jaber
11M ago
“My wife died of hunger here… I became helpless” Issack also lost four of his children to the 2011 famine. He then moved the rest of his family to Mogadishu to try and save them. “All my livestock and crops were wiped out. […] People were weak… they were starving. We had no choice but to flee for our lives.”  In the longest drought Somalia has seen in 40 years, all families like Isaack’s can do, is pray for rain this Ramadan. Your Zakat can be their lifeline, helping with much-needed food, water, medicine, and shelter. Dedicate it now to families like Issack. The post “People were starvin ..read more
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Turfah’s Story: “We were forced to sleep hungry”
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by Moufid Jaber
11M ago
As the holy month approaches a close, we are reminded how important these last blessed days are. With nine days left, your good deeds will transform into blessings for you, and for those most in need. Help refugees during the last blessed days 90-year-old Turfah is a Syrian refugee in Lebanon. As the sole caretaker of her two disabled daughters, the hardships she faces as she tries to look after her family, are unimaginable. “We were forced to go to sleep hungry…we ate only half portions.” She remembers better times in Syria, when Iftar meals meant an abundance of the things they loved. But th ..read more
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UNHCR Launches 5th Islamic Philanthropy Annual Report in Jakarta, Doha, and Dubai
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by Moufid Jaber
11M ago
In March, UNHCR launched its 5th Islamic Philanthropy Annual Report, showcasing the impact of UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund since 2017. Over 6 million refugees and IDPs in 26 countries have benefited from Zakat and Sadaqah contributions. With over 100 million forcibly displaced worldwide, more than half from OIC-member countries, this support is crucial.  The report was launched in Jakarta, Doha, and Dubai. In Jakarta, over 100 representatives from local organizations and media attended the launch. Speakers from regional organizations, including CIMB Bank and MAIWP (Malaysia), Rahmatan lil A ..read more
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Egypt’s Al-Azhar joins UNHCR in its global Ramadan campaign supporting refugees
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by Moufid Jaber
11M ago
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-A ..read more
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