• More than 17 fatwas endorse UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund from across the world.
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  • The Refugee Zakat Fund delivers life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable refugee and displaced families in Nigeria, Kenya, and many more countries.
  • UNHCR pledges that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to the most vulnerable refugees. Through the Refugee Zakat Fund, your support is felt immediately by those most in need.
"Take from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them to increase."

[Al Tawba:103]

Let your Zakat be the lifeline they need.

Families forced to flee their homes from conflict, violence, persecution, and climate shocks depend on UNHCR’s humanitarian assistance.

UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat ensures 100% of your Zakat contribution makes the most impact to vulnerable families in need. The Fund is globally trusted and zakat-compliant, allowing UNHCR to provide cash assistance, and livelihoods and shelter kits to eligible refugees and IDPs in MENA, Asia, Africa including for Somalia refugees in Kenya, IDPs in Nigeria, and Burkinabe refugees in Ghana.

You can calculate your Zakat here and rest assured that 100% of your Zakat will go directly to the world’s most vulnerable.

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Please use the following bank account details:

UNHCR Non-Interest Bearing Fundraising Accounts:

In the transfer description field, please use “Zakat Africa”.

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Please notify us at africa@unhcr.org when the bank transfer is done.

Please make sure to include your name, the amount of your donation, contact info and country of residence. This will help us track your donation and update the counter of the families supported.

Please include your contact details (Email and phone number) when proceeding with the transfer so we can confirm receiving your gift and communicate with you properly.

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The Refugee Zakat Fund is a trusted, compliant, and effective Zakat distributor.

The Fund does not charge any fees in distributing Zakat and ensures that 100% of your Zakat goes to vulnerable families forced to flee.

Before establishing the Refugee Zakat Fund, UNHCR consulted several leading Islamic scholars and fatwa institutions across the Muslim world. To date, 17 fatwas have been received from more than 10 Islamic institutions globally.

Muslim World League | KSA
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Muslim World League | KSA

The Muslim World League (based in the Holy City of Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) was established in 1962 following…

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The Supreme Council of Imams and Islamic Affairs of Brazil | Brazil
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The Supreme Council of Imams and Islamic Affairs of Brazil | Brazil

The Supreme Council of Imams and Islamic Affairs of Brazil was established in Brazil in 2005. It aims to establish…

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The North American Imams Fellow
Fatwa
The North American Imams Fellow

Established in 2004, the North American Imams Fellow (NAIF) represents a cooperative entity of Islamic leaders serving the multifaceted Muslim…

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Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy | Egypt
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Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy | Egypt

The university-mosque of Al-Azhar, situated in Cairo, Egypt, is the foremost center of religious learning in the Muslim world and…

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Canadian Council of Imams | Canada
Fatwa
Canadian Council of Imams | Canada

Established in 1990, the Canadian Council of Imams gathers imams from around the country to serve the Muslim community in…

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Zakat Al Fitr | Egypt
Fatwa
Zakat Al Fitr | Egypt

Following several requests from donors interested to devote their Zakat al Fitr to refugees and IDPs, UNHCR reached out in…

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Fiqh Majlis of Canada | Canada
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Fiqh Majlis of Canada | Canada

The Fiqh Majlis of Canada is an independent non-profit organization working with Muslim Scholars of Fiqh to act as a…

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Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department
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Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department

Dr. Ahmed Al Haddad has served as the Grand Mufti of Dubai since 2011. He holds a PhD in Shari’a…

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The Tri-State Imams Council
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The Tri-State Imams Council

The Tri-State Imams Council is a non-for-profit organisation, established in the state of New Jersey in 2011. It aims to…

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Tabah Foundation | UAE
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Tabah Foundation | UAE

Based upon our previous report and taking into consideration new fatwas from Dr Sheikh Ali Gomaa and The Fatwa Council…

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Why should I consider refugees with my Zakat?
Majority of the world’s 108.4 million displaced people fall under at least 4 of the 8 Zakat categories.

More than 50% of the world’s refugees and IDPs originate from Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries and most of them are hosted in low to middle-income countries, many of which have weaker health and water systems.

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The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers
Abna’ al Sabeel
The Stranded Travellers or Wayfarers

Refugees often travel on foot to find safety. They are without home or possession and are in need of assistance.

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The Debtors
The Debtors
al Gharemeen
The Debtors

Over 50% of people forced to flee are in debt after losing their homes, possessions and exhausting their savings.

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The Poor and the Needy
The Poor and the Needy
Al Fuqara’ wal Masakeen
The Poor and the Needy

The vast majority of people forced to flee face poverty and are in need of assistance to survive.

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UNHCR is following a 100% Zakat distribution policy.
UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund is subject to rigorous governance, ensuring transparency at every step, from donation to distribution of Zakat.

Exceptionally for Zakat funds, UNHCR has waived its standard 6.5% indirect support costs, in order to ensure that 100% of your Zakat goes directly to the most vulnerable families. Any expenses associated with the distribution of Zakat are covered by other sources of funding to UNHCR.


Do you know...

Your Zakat can help save the lives of vulnerable refugees and forcibly displaced families?

Imagine one day fleeing your home not out of choice but out of fear for your life and the lives of your family members. You have no time to pack your belongings. You have nothing in your possession, and you are in search of safety. This situation is the reality of millions of people forced to flee their homes because of conflict, violence, or persecution each day. Nigerian, Afghan, Rohingya, Yemeni, Iraqi, Syrian, Somali brothers, and sisters experience horrific hardship.

Your gift of Zakat can provide much-needed cash assistance, emergency relief items, and livelihood resources to thousands of these families forced to flee their homes because of no fault of their own.

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