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The Refugee Zakat Fund impacted 584,586 beneficiaries in the first six months of 2021, with total contributions of over $27.5 million, 70% of which came from Zakat donations.

In partnership with the Muslim World League (MWL), the United Nations Refugee Agency launched on Thursday its mid-year report on Islamic Philanthropy.

The report underlines the impact of Zakat and Sadaqah donations raised on the refugees and forcibly displaced people in 12 countries including Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Mauritania, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Malaysia.

United Nation’s High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) mid-year Islamic Philanthropy report was released in its new digital and interactive format at a panel discussion organized at the MWL’s at its Expo2020 Dubai pavilion, attended by representatives of humanitarian and international organizations and media.

It emphasized the Islamic philanthropy partnerships as a key enabler of sustainable impact on the lives of vulnerable displaced communities, citing the longstanding collaboration with the MWL.

It pointed to the MWL’s Islamic Fiqh Council’s issuance of a new fatwa that adds to the Refugee Zakat Fund’s record of more than 10 fatwas by credible scholars and institutions.

In addition, MWL has generously contributed to support refugee and internally displaced children in Africa, in particular their recent contribution to support UNHCR’s psychosocial support for the most vulnerable children in North-east Nigeria, which is expected to help 3,699 internally displaced children by the end of 2021, the report stated.

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