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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 16:02

UNHCR lauds Saudi support for refugees, displaced people

Saudi Arabia is one of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) largest donors in the Middle East and North Africa.

Over the past decade, the Kingdom has contributed more than one billion riyals to humanitarian causes. In 2018, Saudi contributions exceeded SR216 million.

Since the introduction of UNHCR’s Zakat programme, 744 generous Saudis have dedicated more than $635,000 in Zakat money, helping 3,746 refugee families.

“The Kingdom’s support to refugees and displaced persons is a shining example of Islamic values and humanitarian action,” said Khaled Khalifa, regional representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

UNHCR launched its global Zakat platform before the holy month of Ramadan this year, in co-operation with the Abu Dhabi-based Tabah Foundation as a trusted, efficient and Shariah-compliant route for Muslims to fulfil their Zakat obligations. Backed by fatwas from leading Islamic scholars and institutions across the Middle East and North Africa, the Zakat Programme is subject to rigorous monitoring, ensuring transparency at every step, from donation to provision of assistance.

Quarterly reports are published on the Zakat platform to demonstrate how the funds are being distributed to eligible refugee families on s monthly basis, he added.

The UNHCR has a proven 68-year track record in assisting refugees in need throughout the world, regardless of the background of their plight. Through the Zakat Programme, the agency provides much-needed cash assistance to extremely vulnerable families across many parts of the world.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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