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Abu Dhabi: With an aim to financially aid 60,000 Syrian refugee families living in Jordan and Lebanon, the UNHCR””the UN Refugee Agency””in partnership with Tabah Foundation recently announced the launching of its global zakat platform, with the donated money going straight to the families in need. Leading Islamic scholars and institutions have lent their backing to the new initiative, including Dr Shaikh Ali Jumaa, former Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, the president of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, and the Senior Scholars’ Council of Morocco. As part of the new programme, each family signed up, will receive a direct cash assistance of $175 to help them cover their monthly living expenses. “In today’s world no mission is more important and more noble than finding ways to respond better to the burgeoning humanitarian emergencies that surround us,” said Tobi Harward, head of UNHCR office in the UAE, speaking on the launch of the zakat platform.
Nour Al Deen Harthi, chief executive officer of Tabah Foundation, said the foundation hoped to make the programme a long term sustainable one, calling it a lifeline for refugees.
(Extracted from gulfnews.com)