New Year, Same Struggles for Families like Aisha’s 

As millions of people around the world celebrated over the weekend, greeting the New Year with excitement and hope, refugee families across the MENA region remained paralyzed by fear. For them, there is little to celebrate – especially those living in temporary shelters – amid a brutal winter season that has tested their limits through lack of warm clothing, inadequate meals, and  rising fuel costs. This is particularly the case for refugee parents, who are facing another 365 days where

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You Know where Zakat goes

We know exactly where every penny of Zakat is being spent, how, and on whom, and we make sure they are eligible in the first place. This is because Zakat donors are choosing who to help and where based on the Zakat-eligible options that are provided by UNHCR. In the case where Zakat donors choose the ‘where it’s most needed’ option, our internal Islamic Philanthropy team assesses where (and to whom) these funds are best channeled. This assessment is based

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We Ensure Zakat-compliance

We take this matter extremely seriously, as we have been honored to receive some 15 fatwas that form our approach to both governance and compliance. Piloting UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund in 2018 and 2019, then establishing the fund in 2019, came as a result of issuing several fatwas that endorse UNHCR to receive and distribute Zakat funds under certain conditions which UNHCR is always respecting: Condition 1: Zakat funds must be given to the categories mentioned in Quran 9:60. Condition

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We Distribute your Zakat

Through UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund, your Zakat, in full, is directly distributed to eligible refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who need it the most. We always prefer to distribute your Zakat in the form of cash assistance that gives beneficiaries the freedom to act upon their priorities and decide how to best make use of this invaluable assistance. Most beneficiaries around the world constantly report back on cash enabling them to secure, in order of priority: shelter/ rent, food,

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You Dedicate Zakat

Zakat donors can choose to dedicate part of their Zakat every year to help eligible refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). For the purpose, UNHCR has established in 2019 the Refugee Zakat Fund, as a trusted, compliant, and effective distributor harnessing the power of Zakat (and Sadaqah) to assist eligible, most vulnerable refugees and IDPs in Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Somalia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since the first year of its establishment, the Refugee Zakat Fund

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We Identify eligible beneficiaries

There are currently more than 100 million forcibly displaced persons around the world, mostly refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), more than 50% of them are originating from member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In all countries where UNHCR operates, we follow vulnerability assessment frameworks that allow us to identify the most vulnerable beneficiaries that cannot survive without our humanitarian assistance. UNHCR defines vulnerability as the risk of household exposure to harm, primarily in relation to protection

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What You Need to Know About Our 100% Zakat Distribution Policy 

Zakat is a cherished amanah from Zakat donors who entrust a Zakat agent to deliver their Zakat to its eligible beneficiaries. ‘UNHCR is considered an agent. The entirety of the collected Zakat must be distributed to eligible recipients mentioned in Quran 9:60. None of it can be used to cover operations or wages; those must be covered by other sources’. UNHCR takes this responsibility very seriously, and therefore its Refugee Zakat Fund is subject to rigorous governance and oversight to

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UNHCR launches its Islamic Philanthropy Mid-Year Report 2022 in Partnership with Zakat House in Kuwait 

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency launched today its mid-year report on Islamic Philanthropy which highlights the humanitarian impact of Zakat and Sadaqah donations received through UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund during the first six months of 2022. The report revealed that more than 1.2 million refugees and forcibly displaced people in 20 countries have received assistance through Zakat and Sadaqah donations received by UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund, which amounted to US$ 31.6 million.  The report was released during an event held

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A Click Away From Changing Millions Of Lives This Ramadan

With open hearts, glowing lanterns and delicious feasts, Muslims all around the world welcome Ramadan every year. The holy month, during which the Qur’an was revealed in, is dedicated for fasting, worshiping and charitable giving. One form of charitable giving is Zakat, which is also one of the five pillars of Islam. The act of giving Zakat not only purifies the contributor’s heart from selfishness and greed, but it also helps the poor and uplifts the entire community. What is

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100% of Your Zakat Donations Go to Eligible Refugee Families

This Ramadan, dedicate your Zakat with Confidence. The Refugee Zakat Fund delivers 100% of your Zakat donations to refugee families who are eligible for Zakat. Today, thousands of displaced families are threatened with hunger and eviction. More than ever, they depend on your support to feed their children. Share the blessings of the holy month with a family who lost everything. This Ramadan #EverySecondCounts Dedicate your Zakat to refugees now

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